It’s official: Carta-Samuels to Vanderbilt

Some Wyoming fans care, others don’t, but former Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels is enrolled at school at Vanderbilt. He confirmed that on his Twitter account Sunday.

Here is the message Carta-Samuels left me via Facebook Monday morning:

“My favorite reporter in the world hope all is well. I will always remember the fans and my teammates that were so supportive of me while I was there. I will miss you guys but regardless of what anyone has to say I will always consider myself part Wyoming Cowboy and will be a true fan and hope the best for their future. Sincerely ACS.”

Carta-Samuels was the Freshman of the Year in the Mountain West in 2009 and the Outstanding Offensive Player in UW’s 35-28 double-overtime win over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. He struggled last season as a sophomore, and so did the Cowboys with a 3-9 record. Carta-Samuels left the program for personal reasons after the season, which drew a lot of comments and criticism among UW fans.

Carta-Samuels must sit out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. Vanderbilt’s probable starting quarterback this season is a senior. It also has junior Jordan Rodgers, the brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Vanderbilt has three true freshmen and a redshirt sophomore listed on its current roster as quarterbacks.

Any thoughts or opinions on this?

See Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com on a story about one of UW’s true freshmen defensive backs who has made a big move up the depth chart. Here is a link to today’s story on the Cowboys’ young wide receivers http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2011/08/22/sports/19sports_08-22-11.txt

Carta-Samuels still undecided on next school

Despite published reports, former Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels has not transferred to Vanderbilt.

Not yet, at least.

Though text messages sent Wednesday, Carta-Samuels told me he visited Vanderbilt last weekend, and the Southeastern Conference school is one of his three finalists. He wouldn’t tell me his other two, but hopes to decide in a couple of weeks.

A photo of Carta-Samuels on Facebook from his visit to Vanderbilt surfaced a few days ago. Here is that link: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1981926902164&set=p.1981926902164&type=1&theater

“I simply went on a visit and took a picture there. I have not decided yet that is where my next home will be,” he said.

In today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, there’s an article about former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier having interest in transferring to Hawaii. It also says Carta-Samuels showed interest in going there, but that he will play at Vanderbilt. Here’s the link: http://www.staradvertiser.com/sports/sportsnews/20110615_ExMichigan_QB_Forcier_wants_to_be_a_Warrior.html

Vanderbilt recently had a quarterback transfer in sophomore Charlie Goro, who will attend South Dakota and likely play safety. Senior Larry Smith returns and is the likely starter. Redshirt junior Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and sophomore John Townsley are other quarterbacks on the roster. Rodgers redshirted last year and also had shoulder issues.

If Carta-Samuels transfers to another FBS school, he must sit out a year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He has yet to use a redshirt year, and has two years of eligibility remaining. If he transferred to a FCS school or lower division, he could play this fall.

Carta-Samuels was the 2009 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and Outstanding Offensive Player in UW’s 35-28 double-overtime win over Fresno State in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl.