Head coach Dave Christensen named Coach of the Year and quarterback Brett Smith named Freshman of the Year.
Photos from Wyoming's game against Colorado State.
Images from Wyoming's football game against San Diego State in Laramie, Oct. 30, 2010
Images from Wyoming's game against Utah in Laramie, Oct. 16, 2010.
Images from the Wyoming vs. Air Force football game in Laramie, Sept. 25, 2010
UW This Season: Austyn Carta-Samuels enters his sophomore season as the clear leader of the Wyoming offense after enjoying an outstanding true freshman season in 2009 -- a season in which he was named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year. In the spring of 2010, Carta-Samuels received another honor, becoming only the second Wyoming sophomore in school history to be voted a team captain -- the other was Ryan McGuffey in 2001. Carta-Samuels will now try to build on his team's success as a sophomore in 2010.
2009: Carta-Samuels concluded his freshman season with an outstanding performance in the New Mexico Bowl, throwing for 201 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for a personal best 71 yards and being named the Offensive MVP of the game. His final TD pass of the day came in the second overtime when he hit David Leonard for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. Carta-Samuels was named the MWC's Offensive Player of the Week three times -- versus UNLV, Florida Atlantic and San Diego State. He became the first Wyoming quarterback to start as a true freshman since Rick Costello in 1974. Carta-Samuels was also named the Wyoming Freshman of the Year at the Cowboys' year-end awards banquet. He took over as Wyoming's starting quarterback for the last 10 games of the season, and led UW to a 6-4 record in those 10 starts. Five of Wyoming's six wins during that stretch were fourth-quarter comeback victories against UNLV, Florida Atlantic, San Diego State, Colorado State and Fresno State. All but the UNLV win also came away from the Cowboys' home field. Carta-Samuels threw for 1,953 yards, completing 58.6 percent (191 of 326) of his pass attempts. He also rushed for 366 yards for 2,319 yards of total offense. The freshman threw 10 TD passes, and was intercepted only five times all season. In addition to his 10 touchdown passes, he rushed for three TDs and caught one touchdown pass against Utah. He was one of only 14 players in the nation in 2009 to throw a TD pass, rush for a touchdown and catch a TD pass. He was one of only nine freshman quarterbacks in the country in `09 to lead his team to a bowl game. His best game of the season came on the road at San Diego State. With his team trailing the Aztecs by 21 points entering the fourth quarter, Carta-Samuels rushed for one touchdown in the final quarter, threw a TD pass in the fourth and recorded season highs in passing yards (246) and total offense (297) as he led UW to a 30-27 victory to keep Wyoming's bowl hopes alive. In the final game of the regular season at Colorado State, Carta-Samuels rushed for two touchdowns -- a six-yarder in the second quarter and a thrilling 49-yarder in the fourth quarter that saw him stiff-arm a tackler and dive into the end zone to give UW a 14-13 lead on way to a 17-16 win that clinched a bowl berth. He earned both Academic All-Conference honors and Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete accolades as a freshman. To receive Academic All-Conference recognition a student-athlete must achieve a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average. MWC Scholar-Athlete honors require a 3.50 cumulative gpa.
High School: Carta-Samuels led his Bellarmine College Prep team to a 12-1 record, the West Catholic Athletic League title and a Central Coast Championship in 2008. Bellarmine was ranked No. 1 in Northern California. Carta-Samuels earned First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-County honors. Rivals.com ranked Wyoming's combination of Carta-Samuels and junior-college QB signee Robert Benjamin as the No. 15 best quarterback recruiting class in the nation in `09. Rivals.com ranked Carta-Samuels as the No. 22 best dual-threat high school quarterback in the nation. Scout.com ranked him the No. 37 dual-threat QB in the country. SuperPrep magazine ranked Carta-Samuels No. 74 among its Top 150 high school recruits at all positions in the Far West (states of California, Hawaii and Nevada). He threw for over 1,400 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for another 370 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns his senior season. Carta-Samuels completed 65 percent of his passes as a senior. His junior season, he led his team to a 10-2 record and a conference title, while throwing for over 1,300 yards and nine passing TDs and rushing for 428 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. He completed 62 percent of his passes as a junior. As a starter his final two seasons of high school, he quarterbacked Bellarmine College Prep to a combined 22-3 (.880) record and two conference titles. He played for head coach Mike Janda.
Personal: Born April 20, 1991, he is the eldest of three children of LiLinda Carta-Samuels and James Samuels. He has one younger brother, Kyle, and one younger sister, Gabrielle Louise. His father played tight end at Utah State with his twin brother who played quarterback at Utah State. Carta-Samuels was also recruited by Air Force, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego State, San Jose State, UCLA and Utah. Carta-Samuels is studying psychology.