UW’s Smith declares for NFL Draft

Talk about a bombshell of news.

Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith announced Friday night that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

Smith is the third UW player in the “modern era” to do this. Cornerback Derrick Martin did it after his junior season in 2005. Martin, at the time, said he was projected to be a third or fourth-round draft pick. He went in the sixth round to the Baltimore Ravens. Since then he has played for eight years for five different teams and is currently with the Chicago Bears. Martin has had the most success playing on special teams.

Running back Alvester Alexander did so after his junior season of 2011. He has been on practice squads of a couple of NFL teams, most recently with the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. He has yet to have a carry in a NFL regular-season game.

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Alexander turns pro

Wyoming running back Alvester Alexander has declared himself eligible for this year’s NFL Draft and will forego his senior season with the Cowboys.

I heard rumblings about this earlier in the week, but nothing was confirmed and all indications I got were that Alexander was coming back for his senior season.

This move surprises me big time. Alexander did some good things at UW: 27 rushing touchdowns (third-most in school history) and 2,127 yards (ninth-most in school history). He scored a touchdown on his first-ever carry for UW — a 44-yard run against Weber State in 2009.

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Muhammad out, Sutton in

Today’s weekly news conference with coach Dave Christensen and players was highlighted, or in this case lowlighted, with the news junior running back Ghaali Muhammad is out for the rest of the season with an injury suffered against TCU last Saturday.

True freshman Kody Sutton will have the redshirt pulled off him, and Christensen said he could play at Air Force Saturday. Christensen wants to have three running backs available, and Sutton gives UW three with junior Alvester Alexander and sophomore Brandon Miller, who has been playing more at receiver the last couple of games.

Good move or bad move to burn the redshirt off Sutton?

For more on that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

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Wyoming-TCU Q&A swap

TCU beat writer Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and myself exchanged five questions on Saturday’s UW-TCU game. I will start with the questions I had for Stefan and his answers, then post the questions Stefan had for me and my answers.

Should make for some good talking points leading up to the game, and for today’s live chat at 3 p.m.

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