(AP) — Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith is leaving college football early to enter the NFL draft.
Smith threw for 3,375 yards and 29 touchdowns for the Cowboys this season. The university said in a press release that Smith informed athletic director Tom Burman of his decision Friday.
Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl and incoming Wyoming offensive coordinator Brent Vigen traveled to Oregon and Washington the weekend of Dec. 21 and 22 to visit both Smith and redshirt sophomore quarterback Jason Thompson, Burman confirmed Friday.
“I have so much respect for Coach Bohl and know that we will be very successful at Wyoming,” Smith said in a statement. “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.
“I 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.”
In his career, Smith completed 751 passes for 8,834 yards and 76 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,531 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was 17-20 as a starter and 0-1 in bowl games. The junior holds Wyoming’s record for total offense and the Mountain West record for total yards in a game (640).
“We wish Brett (Smith) and his family the best as he chases his dream to play at the NFL level,” Wyoming AD Tom Burman said. “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.”
Thompson is next in line for the starting QB job at Wyoming.