Nov. 12, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - On Monday, Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith was selected by the Manning Award as one of its eight "Stars of the Week". That makes Smith eligible for this week's Manning Award Player of the Week, which is determined by fan voting.
Wyoming fans may go online at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for Smith. Click here to vote.
Voting is open from Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m., Mountain Time each week. The top vote-getter will then be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.
Smith threw for a career high 374 yards and accounted for 396 yards of total offense, while completing four touchdown passes in Wyoming's 28-23 road win at New Mexico. Smith completed 62.5 percent of his passes (20 of 32) and threw TD passes of 81 yards to Robert Herron, 64 yards to Dominic Rufran, 33 yards to Jalen Claiborne and 19 yards to Claiborne. Smith's previous career passing high was 370 yards versus Idaho. Including his four TD passes, Smith completed eight of his 20 passes for 15 yards or more. Those eight long gainers went for 81, 64, 33, 19, 15, 27, 27 and 16 yards. Smith also had a long rush of 25 yards. With his 396 yards of total offense, Smith came within five yards of his career high in total offense of 401 versus Toledo. He now has 22 TD passes on the season against only six interceptions this year.
This is the second time this season and third time in his career that Smith has been selected as a Manning Award "Star of the Week". Earlier this season, he was honored for his performance in a 40-37 overtime win at Idaho. A year ago, Smith was voted the Manning Award Player of the Week for his performance in a 30-27 win over San Diego State.
Smith was also the only sophomore in the nation named to this year's Manning Award Preseason Watch List. The Manning Award honors the top collegiate quarterback in the nation at the conclusion of each season.