Easily the most dynamic players on the field for Saturday’s game between Wyoming and No. 17 Fresno State are the two quarterbacks.
UW junior Brett Smith and Fresno State senior Derek Carr are among the nation’s best at their position.
Carr is second nationally in total offense (389.9 ypg), passing yards (382.6 ypg) and touchdown passes (28). Smith is eighth in total offense (349.8 ypg), 14th in passing yards (295.9 ypg) and 14th in touchdown passes (19).
Both players have two of the nation’s top 17 efforts in terms of single-game total offense this season. Smith has the seventh-best and 17th best. Carr has the 14th and 15th best.
Carr owns 17 school records and 17 Mountain West records. Smith is 361 yards of total offense away from UW record, and needs 120 passing yards to move into second place. He already owns school records for touchdown passes (66), touchdowns responsible for (86), pass attempts without an interception (183) and single-game total offense (511 yards).
Both also have a lot of respect for each other.
Carr and Smith got to know each other this summer during Mountain West Football Media Day events in Las Vegas. Both are deeply involved in their Christian faith, and both are good football players.
They won’t be going against each other directly Saturday, and Carr even joked: “(Smith) is a great guy and a great quarterback, but he’s not the one that will be blitzing me Saturday.”
Added Smith about Carr: “He’s a high-character guy and I have a lot of respect for him on and off the field. His talents speak for itself. He’s and outstanding quarterback and one of the best in the country, I think. He’s a great quarterback and an even better person.”
For more on Carr and Fresno State and WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s column on what Wyoming needs to do moving foward after an outside consultant analyzed its football and men’s basketball programs, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.
Also, join Gagliardi at 3 p.m. today for his weekly live chat on UW sports. Links on this blog and at wyosports.net.