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December 29, 2013

Brett Smith to enter 2014 NFL Draft

Wyoming record setting quarterback Brett Smith has decided to skip his senior season in Laramie and enter the 2014 NFL Draft set for late April.

Smith has carried the Cowboy football program with their ups and downs during his three seasons. He led Wyoming to the 2011 New Mexico Bowl in a loss to Temple. UW finished 8-5 during the bowl season and Smith's freshman season.

"After much consideration, I have decided to forgo my senior season at UW to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the National Football League," said Smith. "Wyoming has been such a special place for me and my family, and will always hold a special place in my heart."

New UW head coach Craig Bohl personally met with Smith this month and also visited the next quarterback in line to replace Smith in redshirt-sophomore Jason Thompson.

"I'm so thankful to have played with such great guys over the past three years. I have so much respect for Coach (Craig) Bohl and know that we will be very successful at Wyoming" said Smith. "I appreciate him coming out and meeting with me and my family this past weekend and talking with us about his vision for the future of Cowboy Football. Thank my teammates, coaches, Wyoming Athletics and most of all the fans for three special years. I'll never forget you guys. I'll forever be a Cowboy."

University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman confirmed that new Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl and incoming Wyoming offensive coordinator Brent Vigen both traveled to Oregon and Washington the weekend of December 21st and 22nd to visit both Smith and Thompson, and talk with them about the future of Cowboy Football.

"We wish Brett (Smith) and his family the best as he chases his dream to play at the NFL level," said Burman. "Brett has been a great ambassador for our athletics department, our university and the state of Wyoming during his time as a Cowboy. We will miss him, and I know Wyoming fans and his teammates will miss him. When he contacted me late this afternoon, he said after talking with his family he felt the time was right for him to pursue a professional career. I thanked him for letting us know as soon as he had made his decision."

Smith said he plans to immediately begin training for the 2014 NFL Draft. The pro quarterback prospect apparently has received good feedback from the NFL scouts and projections having him fall somewhere between the 2nd to 4th rounds.

Wide receiver Robert Herron and defensive back Marqueston Huff look to have a good chance to be drafted this spring, while both were invited to the two postseason all-star games.



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