UW-Nebraska: What they were saying

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi is doing a new feature this season followed UW football games of what players, coaches and fans were saying after the Cowboys win or lose.

And of course, you can let Gagliardi know what you are thinking anytime via the blog, Twitter or comments on wyosports.net.

Here’s what he came up:

— “Unbelievable, man. Moral victory or not, Nebraska knows that the Cowboys are explosive.” — via Twitter from @johnywyo.

— “Good game! Still not sold on the team, but a good start to the season.” — via Twitter from @mattfallin1.

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UW-Nebraska postgame thoughts

Hard to start in a game like this, but I will say Wyoming showed me something coming back from a 37-21 fourth-quarter deficit in a 37-34 loss at No. 18 Nebraska Saturday night in Lincoln, Neb.

UW coach Dave Christensen described junior quarterback Brett Smith as “special” after the game. Smith was 29 of 43 for 383 yards with four touchdowns and one interception (that led to Nebraska touchdown). Smith also ran for 92 yards and his 475 yards of total offense gives him 6,892 for his career, which is now fourth-best in school history.

“The guy’s good. He’s one of the better quarterbacks I’ve seen in a while as far as buying time and being elusive in the pocket,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said.

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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.”

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UW announces depth chart for Nebraska

Wyoming’s first depth chart of the season for Saturday’s game at Nebraska came out Monday, and there were not a lot of surprises.

Eight first-year players are projected to start — three true freshmen, one redshirt freshmen, two redshirt juniors and two junior-college transfers. Here are some notable items from Monday’s depth chart:

–True freshman receiver Tanner Gentry will start at one of the four receiver spots. Gentry rapidly climbed up the depth chart throughout fall camp. He beat out junior Trey Norman.

–Senior Robert Herron, juniors Dominic Rufran and Jalen Claiborne are the other starting receivers. Others listed on the depth chart this week are redshirt freshmen Eric Nzeocha, Nico Brown, Trent Sewell, Tanner Simpson and Jake Maulhardt; senior Jarrod Darden (a transfer from Colorado), and juniors Keenan Montgomery, Norman and Justin Berger.

–Junior-college transfer Tyran Finley will start at cornerback opposite of junior Blair Burns. Not a surprise there since the injury to junior DeAndre Jones midway through camp.

–Three of the four backups at the cornerback and safety positions are manned by guys who have never played a game at UW. True freshman Tim Hayes is behind Burns at one cornerback spot. Redshirt freshman Cortland Fort, who has gone back and forth from cornerback and safety, is behind Finley. True freshman Xavier Lewis is the backup at strong safety behind junior Darrenn White. Jones, who was the starter at cornerback when fall camp started before he was injured, is the backup for senior Marqueston Huff at free safety.

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UW-Nebraska Q&A swap

Brian Christopherson is the beat writer for Nebraska football for the Lincoln Journal-Star, and he agreed to swap five questions and answers with me about Saturday’s Wyoming-Nebraska game.

Here are my questions and Brian’s answers. Brian’s questions and my answers will come later. Would love to hear your thoughts and opinions:

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Nebraska talks about Wyoming

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini talked to the media Monday for more than 20 minutes, and for the first 11 he talked mostly about his defense that allowed 67 points over the last two games — both wins.

“I’m not concerned,” said Pelini about the defense.

Pelini added there are things that need to get fixed, but feels he and his staff “have a pretty good handle on it.” They must since Nebraska is 3-0 and ninth in the nation.

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Nebraska stories leading up to UW game

Here are some of the stories from Nebraska’s 51-38 home win over Washington leading up to Saturday’s game at Wyoming.