Junior Quarterback Brett Smith and Wide Receiver Unit Shine for Offense, Senior Defensive Back Marqueston Huff and Freshman Linebacker Lucas Wacha Standout for Defense
Defense Intercepts Three Passes, and Returns Two for Touchdowns
Defense Starts Fast and Forces Three Turnovers, But Offense Wins the Day in First Major Spring Scrimmage
Offense Enjoys Big Day, Winning 73 to 23, Sophomore Punter Tim Gleeson Leaves Team
Cowboys Practice Outside in War Memorial Stadium for the First Time This Spring
Brett Smith Promo
Wyoming 28, New Mexico 23 - AP Photos
Colorado State vs Wyoming
Wyoming vs. No 21 Boise State - AP Photos
Wyoming squares off with Fresno State
Cowboys vs Texas
UW This Season: The expectations are high for this talented football player, coming off multiple awards and accolades. But Brett Smith showed poise and maturity rarely seen in a young player in 2011, so there's reason to think he can be even better in his second full year. Smith enters his sophomore season as one of four Cowboys to be selected a team captain for the 2012 season.
2011: Simply put, Smith was a revelation for Cowboy football in 2011. His prolific performances earned him a First Team Freshman All-American honor from CollegeFootballNews.com and Second Team Freshman All-America status from Yahoo! Sports. Named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, he graduated early from high school in December 2010, so that he could enroll at UW in January 2011 and participate in the Cowboys' spring drills. Entering the fall, no one could have predicted the impact the freshman would have on the Cowboy squad. He averaged 256.3 yards of total offense per game. That ranked him No. 2 in the Mountain West and No. 33 overall in the NCAA. Smith also ranked fourth in the MW and 61st in the nation in passing yards (201.7 per game). He ranked fourth in the conference in passing efficiency, with a 124.6 passer rating. Along the way, he set a new Mountain West Conference freshman record for total offense (3,332 yards), breaking the previous record of 2,691 yards set by TCU's Andy Dalton back in 2007. Smith ranks third on Wyoming's single-season total offense chart. He also ranks No. 3 on the Mountain West career passing list for a freshman, with 2,622 passing yards. Twice during the season, Smith was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week for his performances versus San Diego State and New Mexico. His best single-game performance was a 365-yard effort at San Diego State in a key 30-27 road victory that also won Smith the Manning Award National Player of the Week honor. He recorded five 300-yard total offense games his freshman season. He earned the Coach Paul Roach Team MVP and Offensive Back of the Year honors at the team's year-end banquet, along with a letter.
High School: Smith was named First Team All-State Class 6A by The Oregonian at the conclusion of his senior season at West Salem High School. Class 6A is the largest classification in the state of Oregon. He was also named the 2010 Gatorade Oregon Football Player of the Year. Smith was ranked as the No. 8 best recruit in the state of Oregon at all positions by SuperPrep magazine and Scout.com. His senior season, he completed 135 of 200 passes (67.5 percent) for 2,146 yards, 26 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He also rushed for 855 yards on 114 carries and scored 22 rushing TDs. His junior season, Smith completed 91 of 146 passes (62.3 percent) for 1,555 yards, 16 TDs and only two interceptions, while rushing for 756 yards on 95 carries and scoring 12 rushing touchdowns. He also started as a sophomore, throwing for 1,260 yards, eight TDs and eight interceptions, while completing 85 of 150 passes (56.7 percent). Smith rushed the ball 93 times for 703 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore. As a freshman, he completed 8 of 13 passes for 103 yards, threw two TD passes and had four rushing attempts for 10 yards. His career numbers include: 319 of 509 passes (62.8 percent) for 5,064 yards, 52 TDs, 15 interceptions, 306 rushing attempts for 2,324 yards and 44 rushing touchdowns. Among the school records he set include: career passing yards, career rushing yards, career scoring, career touchdown passes and career rushing TDs. He played for head coach Shawn Stanley.
Personal: Born June 8, 1992, he is the son of Kimi and Kevin Smith and has one older brother, Kyle, a younger brother, Cade, and a younger sister, Ellie. His dad played football at the University of Oregon. Smith was also recruited by New Mexico State, Oregon State and San Jose State. He has not decided on a major at UW.