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Wyoming quarterback Smith declares for NFL draft

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Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith will leave school with one year of eligibility remaining to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, the university announced Friday night.

Smith completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 3,359 yards and 29 touchdowns this season.

"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. "Wyoming has been such a special place for me and my family, and will always hold a special place in my heart."

The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Smith is rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 8 quarterback and the No. 94 overall prospect in 2014.

He is leaving before Craig Bohl takes over for the fired Dave Christensen as Wyoming coach after the Cowboys' 5-7 season in 2013. Bohl will assume his new duties after he leads North Dakota State into the FCS championship game on Jan. 4.

"I have so much respect for Coach Bohl and know that we will be very successful at Wyoming," Smith said. "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."

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