High praise for Smith

Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith is one of four offensive players on this year’s squad that started in the 2011 game with Nebraska in Laramie, which the Cowboys lost 38-14.

The others are senior running back Brandon Miller, senior offensive guard Tyler Strong and senior tight end Spencer Bruce. Ironically, those three players also are scheduled to start when UW plays at No. 18 Nebraska Saturday in the season-opener for both squads.

A true freshman then, Smith completed 17 of 33 passes for 166 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini thought Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith played well against his team.

“He is really poised and has excellent feet. He’s elusive in the pocket and he buys time. He’s a really good player. He’s a lot further along now as a player than he was then. He’s a good quarterback.”

Smith said he remembers the hype before the game. Things like how UW brought in extra seating into War Memorial Stadium, and how people in his classes or around Laramie would come up to him and talk about the game.

As for the game itself, Smith said: “I thought I played well. Being a freshman I was extremely nervous. I had the flu that week. There was a lot nerves in advance. I just remember looking over scouting report and the athletes they had and saying ‘this is really college football. This is the real deal.’

“I can’t wait to play them again.”

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Some news and notes from Tuesday morning’s practice in Laramie:

–Redshirt junior left tackle Walker Madden (flu) was back at practice and back with the No. 1 offense.

–Junior tight end J.D. Krill, not listed on the two-deep roster, practiced but was in a red jersey due to an injury suffered last Saturday and was limited in what he did.

–True freshman cornerback Tim Hayes, working with the No. 2 defense, intercepted sophomore backup quarterback Jason Thompson during a 7-on-7 period. Thompson’s throw was high, and was tipped by senior linebacker Devyn Harris.

–Smith and senior receiver Robert Herron connected on several passes, including a long one during 7-on-7 that Herron went up and grabbed between two defenders.

–There were a couple of short fights. Freshman walk-on defensive back Jabari Holland got into it with true freshman receiver Tanner Gentry — a starter. True freshman safety Tim Kamana and junior defensive lineman Dan Crook also were involved in a fight some of the offensive players. Coach Dave Christensen ordered them off the field for a while. “We’re at practice, we don’t have time for scuffles,” Christensen said.

–Redshirt freshman Chad Hardy was moved from defensive line to offensive guard near the end of fall camp, and took a lot of snaps with the No. 2 offense Tuesday.

–Scouts from the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets were at practice.

–UW will wear all-white uniforms Saturday, including the traditional white helmet. The uniform combination is on display outside the football offices at the Rochelle Athletics Center.

For more on UW football, including a story on “Big Play Rob” — Robert Herron — and news and notes from around the Mountain West, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.