Wyoming sophomore receiver Robert Herron looks to improve on his 7-catch, 104-yard and 2-touchdown peformance last Saturday against Weber State. A former running back, he also talks about how well his fellow backs caught the ball against Weber State.
Find out what Wyoming junior running back Alvester Alexander had to say about a possible new role for himself and other running backs this season. For more on that story, see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.
I know this is what you’ve all been waiting for, your first look and sounds of Wyoming true freshman quarterback Brett Smith. The kid was impressive in his UW debut as he was 27 of 41 for 294 yards with three TDs, one pick and one rushing TD.
Would love to hear what you think of this kid, and this interview.
A short interview with Wyoming junior defensive tackle Mike Purcell after Wyoming’s 35-32 win over Weber State Saturday night.
How about that for a first impression for true freshman QB Brett Smith?
He leads UW to a come-from-behind win in the final minutes, capped by a 9-yard TD pass to sophomore receiver Robert Herron to give UW a 35-32 victory over FCS foe Weber State.
I’m not going to compare Smith to former QB Austyn Carta-Samuels, who led UW to five come-from-behind victories in 2009. But Smith showed some moxie in this game. He wasn’t perfect. Heck, he threw an interception on his first attempt after the ball slipped out of his hands. But he bounced back and as 27 of 41 for 294 yards with three TDs, one pick and one rushing TD.
I think fans are going to like this guy, and the media got to talk to him after the game for the first time. Coach Dave Christensen didn’t make him available for interviews until after games. Smith seemed humble and thankful for the win.
I also think fans will get fed up with the defense if it doesn’t improve. It gave up 541 yards and way too many big plays. Weber State ran at will most of the game, and UW had only one sack. However, that sack by senior lineman Gabe Knapton helped force a punt that led to UW’s game-winning offensive drive.
I know most fans are more concerned than happy after this game, but it’s better to be that with a win than a loss. Doesn’t hide the fact there’s a lot of work to be done, but it’s better to work on things after a win than coming off a loss.
See Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more from this game. Hope to post video interviews from the post-game interviews I did sometime on Sunday.
Certainly no surprise Wyoming coach Dave Christensen named true freshman Brett Smith the starting quarterback. But he jumped the gun a little bit as he said last Saturday he would wait until Aug. 29 (Monday) to do it. He also said after UW’s third scrimmage of fall camp there wouldn’t be any news conference or news release on who the starting quarterback would be.
Well, there was a news release that came out just before practice started Tuesday. But all it did was confirm what most felt would happen based on what occurred in spring drills and fall camp. The most experienced guy got the job as Smith was around for both. Junior-college transfer Colby Kirkegaard and true freshman Adam Pittser were not.
Kirkegaard is the backup and Pittser is No. 3. Christensen said he would like to redshirt Pittser if possible.
Christensen isn’t allowing any of his quarterbacks to talk to the media, but here’s some comments Tuesday from others:
–“We evaluated everything and had a chance to talk to the players. We like to do that before we start announcing things to the public and the media. I would say he’s further ahead than I would have anticipated. The key for him is it has to happen Sept. 3.” — Christensen.
–“Brett definitely earned his stripes with us starting in the spring. He came in doing all the things we wanted him to do, and more. He definitely earned the starting quarterback job here. He’s one of the hardest working guys I know.” — senior receiver Mazi Ogbonna
–“We have all the confidence in him. He’s our starter. He’s our quarterback so he’s got to step it up. We’re going to ride with him.” — sophomore tight end T.J. Smith
–“He’s extremely confident directing the offense. He’s confident and comfortable in the pocket. When he’s been under pressure he steps up and makes a play. (The offense) is extremely confident in him. He’s a freshman, but he’s a leader. He doesn’t act like a freshman. If you didn’t know him you’d think he was an upper-classman.” — junior center Nick Carlson
–“The biggest thing about that kid is he’s a great competitor. He will make himself into a great quarterback because of his work ethic, and he loves to compete. It helps he can throw the ball and he’s pretty mobile. He’s got some God-given ability, but its what’s inside the heart that’s going to get him over the top.” — offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Gregg Brandon
In some other notes from practice Tuesday:
–This was UW’s first practice since last Saturday. Players were in shoulder pads, shorts and helmets and practiced outside. The Cowboys practice Wednesday, are off Thursday and then practice through the weekend.
–Christensen said he will wait until Monday to announce other starters and depth chart moves.
–Christensen also said possibly half of the true freshmen on the roster could play this season, but nothing has definitely been set in stone.
–Three walk-ons were added to the roster as school started Monday: OL Andrew Crow (6-1, 260) from Laramie; DL Garrison Hocker (6-2, 220) from Augusta, Mich., and OL Carson Kass (6-2, 265) from Naches, Wash.
–Scouts from the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings were at practice.