Dec. 10, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming freshman quarterback Brett Smith has been named the First Team Freshman All-America quarterback by CollegeFootballNews.com.
Smith helped lead Wyoming to an 8-4 record, 5-2 in the Mountain West where the Cowboys finished third behind TCU and Boise State. His freshman teammate Blair Burns earned Honorable Mention honors from CollegeFootballNews.com as a cornerback. Burns started the final eight games of the regular season, and led Wyoming in interceptions with four. Both Smith and Burns are true freshmen.
Smith, a native of Salem, Ore., leads all BCS freshmen in the nation in total offense this season with 3,140 yards with Wyoming's appearance in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl still to come on Dec. 17. Smith set a new Mountain West record for total offense by a freshman, shattering the previous Mountain West record of 2,691 yards set by TCU's Andy Dalton in 2007. His 3,140 yards of total offense is the fifth best single-season total in Wyoming school history. Smith has thrown for 2,495 yards in 2011, placing him third on the MW freshman list in passing yards. He needs an additional 168 passing yards to set a new Mountain West freshman record. He was selected as the Mountain West Freshman of the Year earlier this week in voting by conference head coaches and media members.
Burns, from Plano, Texas, not only led Wyoming in interceptions, with four on the season, but he tied for No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference and No. 23 in the nation in interceptions. He added four pass breakups on the season to go with his four interceptions, ranking him No. 4 in the Mountain West in passes defended. The freshman was credited with 48 total tackles on the season, 35 of them solo stops. He recovered one fumble and had 1.5 tackles for loss.
Burns was also named a First Team Freshman All-American earlier this week by CBSSports.com, and he earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference honors.
For the complete listing of the 2011 CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America Teams, click here.