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Wyoming’s Brett Smith Nominated in Two Fan Voting Weekly Awards

Kari Eakins, Townsquare Media

After he threw for a career-high 374 yards, accounted for 396 yards in total offense and passed for four touchdowns, Wyoming Cowboy Sophomore QB Brett Smith is up for two honors in which fan voting determines the winner. Smith was named one of the Manning Award “Stars of the Week” and is also a candidate for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas MW Player of the Week honor.

Monday, Smith was selected by the Manning Award as one of its eight “Stars of the Week”. That makes Smith eligible for this week’s Manning Award Player of the Week, which is determined by fan voting.

Wyoming Cowboy fans may go online at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for Smith. The link to the voting is: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152241654815459.926175.297090315458&type=1

Voting is open now through Thursday at 10 a.m., Mountain Time each week. The top vote-getter will then be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.

Smith threw for a career high 374 yards and accounted for 396 yards of total offense, while completing four touchdown passes in Wyoming’s 28-23 road win at New Mexico. Smith completed 62.5 percent of his passes (20 of 32) and threw TD passes of 81 yards to Robert Herron, 64 yards to Dominic Rufran, 33 yards to Jalen Claiborne and 19 yards to Claiborne. Smith’s previous career high in passing yards was 370 at Idaho. Including his four TD passes, Smith completed eight of his 20 passes for 15 yards or more. Those eight long gainers went for 81, 64, 33, 19, 15, 27, 27 and 16 yards. Smith also had a long rush of 25 yards. With his 396 yards of total offense, Smith came within five yards of his career high in total offense of 401 versus Toledo. He now has 22 TD passes on the season against only six interceptions this year.

This is the second time this season and third time in his career that Smith has been selected as a Manning Award “Star of the Week”. Earlier this season, he was honored for his performance in a 40-37 overtime win at Idaho. A year ago, Smith was voted the Manning Award Player of the Week for his performance in a 30-27 win over San Diego State.

Smith was also the only sophomore in the nation named to this year’s Manning Award Preseason Watch List. The Manning Award honors the top collegiate quarterback in the nation at the conclusion of each season.

The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas announced its four candidates for the Mountain West Player of the Week Award on Monday, and Brett Smith is among the nominees.

This is the third time this season that Smith has been a candidate for the award. He won the honor on Sept. 12 for his performance vs. Toledo, and was also one of four candidates the week following his performance against Idaho.

All voting is done by fans through the official MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/lvbowl

Voting remains open until 1 p.m., Mountain Time on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

This week’s four candidates for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Mountain West Player of the Week are Smith, Wyoming QB, Donnell Alexander, Colorado State RB, Travis Brown, Fresno State, LB and Robbie Rouse, Fresno State, RB.

The accolades didn’t stop there, as Smith was recognized by College Football Performance Awards for his play in last Saturday’s 28-23 road win over New Mexico.

Smith was one of only nine FBS quarterbacks in the nation honored this week. He was one of eight Honorable Mention selections. This week’s honored quarterbacks were:Quarterback Performer of the Week: Marcus Mariota (Oregon); Honorable Mention QBs of the Week: Brett Smith (Wyoming), David Ash (Texas), Michael Rocco (Virginia), James Franklin (Missouri), Tyler Bray (Tennessee), Devin Gardner (Michigan), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), David Fales (San Jose State)

This is the second consecutive week and third time this season that Smith has been honored by College Football Performance Awards as one of the top QB’s in the country.  He was also honored for his games at Idaho and versus Colorado State.

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