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Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith to enter NFL draft

Dec 30, 2013 - The Associated Press

Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith has decided he will forego his final season at Wyoming and enter the NFL Draft, UW announced on Friday evening. He informed Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman of his decision late Friday afternoon.

"After much consideration, I have decided to forgo my senior season at UW to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the National Football League," Smith said in a release. "Wyoming has been such a special place for me and my family, and will always hold a special place in my heart.

"I'm so thankful to have played with such great guys over the past three years. I have so much respect for Coach (Craig) Bohl and know that we will be very successful at Wyoming. 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).

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.

"We wish Brett (Smith) and his family the best as he chases his dream to play at the NFL level," 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."

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