Smith liked his California experience

Former Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith didn’t have some of the experiences as a couple of his teammates, or others who are eligible for this year’s NFL Draft, which is Thursday through Saturday in New York City.

Smith didn’t play in any of the college all-star games. But that wasn’t his fault. Those games are for college seniors. Smith announced in December he would forego his senior season at UW to enter the draft.

Brett Smith

Brett Smith

Smith also wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, in February. That was more of a surprise to many, including Smith. Former UW receiver Robert Herron and defensive back Marqueton Huff were invited to the combine.

But Smith did work out with EXOS, formerly known as Athletes Performance, in Carlsbad, California over the winter. He worked with renowned trainer Brent Callaway and former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia. Some of the other quarterbacks that trained with Smith were San Jose State’s David Fales, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Washington’s Keith Price.

“I got to see a lot of cool stuff, and I love California,” Smith said. “I grew up going to California every summer with my family, and I missed it a lot. I met a lot of new people and experienced a lot of cool things.”

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Herron ready for his big day

I recently caught up with former Wyoming receiver Robert Herron, one of three UW football players who have the best chances of being taken in this year’s NFL Draft, which is Thursday through Saturday in New York City.

For more on that story, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

Robert Herron

Robert Herron

Herron is projected by many of the NFL Draft “experts” to be UW’s best prospect. He is the 111th overall prospect by CBSSports.com and 116th by Walterfootball.com. That would put him in the third to fourth rounds.

Here are some quotes from Herron that didn’t make Thursday’s story:

On some of his more eye-opening experiences leading up to the draft: “Meeting with the teams. The (NFL Scouting) Combine was interesting. Not just the physical stuff, but the mental stuff from meeting with the teams, team doctors and answering a lot of questions. They asked me things like if I smoke, drink and if I have a girlfriend. With all the stuff that happened with (former Notre Dame linebacker Manti, Te’o last year, teams are asking about that stuff (with the fake girlfriend).”

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