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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Some Wednesday news and notes

It’s that time of year where postings on the blog slow down, but here are few news and notes:

–I will be at spring football practice today in Laramie, at least the first 30 minutes UW allows us to watch. Today is the first practice in full pads and fourth of 15 overall this spring. Will report back later on any big happenings. The first scrimmage of spring is set for a week from today.

–Unfortunate to see true freshman forward Tyrone Marshall will transfer at the end of the semester from the UW men’s basketball team. It’s not unexpected after a posting on his Twitter account a couple of weeks ago all but indicated he would. Hard to miss someone that didn’t do much this season. Marshall played in just nine games and averaged less than a point and a rebound per game. He was raw and athletic, but a lot of seasoning needed to be done. This leaves coach Larry Shyatt with three scholarships in the spring signing season. He needs to find some size.

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Prosinski drafted by Jaguars

Wyoming safety Chris Prosinski was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday.

He was the 121st overall pick.

Some quick notes:

–Prosinski is the first UW player to be drafted since safety John Wendling was taken in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills in 2007.

–Ironically, Prosinski and Wendling are both Wyoming products; Prosinski from Buffalo and Wendling from Rock Springs.

–Prosinski is the highest draft pick from UW since offensive lineman Steve Scifres was taken in the third round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1997.

–The last three players drafted from UW were defensive backs: Prosinski, Wendling and Derrick Martin (Batlimore, 2006).

–Jacksonville has drafted two UW players in its history. The other was running back Ryan Christopherson in the fifth round in 1995.

–According to UW’s football media guide, Prosinski is the 83rd player ever taken in the NFL Draft.

–Current UW players in the NFL, not including Prosinski, are: WR Malcom Floyd (San Diego), DL Mitch Unrein (Denver), DL Corey Mace (Buffalo), OL Adam Goldberg (St. Louis) and Martin (Green Bay).

Moore back to support former teammates

Former Wyoming running back and career rushing leader Devin Moore is in Laramie today to support former teammates Marcel Gipson and Chris Prosinski at the their pro timing day later this afternoon.

Moore is under contract with the Indianapolis Colts, and despite a recent shoulder injury (that didn’t require surgery) he is excited for the upcoming season as a return specialist. Moore said he isnt’ worried at this point about the probable player lockout by the owners. The deadline for that is tonight at midnight.

Moore ran for 2,963 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Cowboys from 2005-08.

Another former UW player, cornerback Derrick Martin, also is here today. He was recently cut by Super Bowl champ Green Bay. He didn’t play in the Super Bowl due to injury.

Martin was the first UW player in school history to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. He was taken in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens in 2006.

I’ll have more from UW’s pro day later this afternoon.