San Jose SaberCats
|Date of birth:June 8, 1992|
|Place of birth: Salem, Oregon|
|High school: West Salem (OR)|
|Undrafted in 2014|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Brett Smith (born June 8, 1992) is an American football quarterback for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at Wyoming. He attended Leslie Middle School in Salem, Oregon from 2004–07 and later graduated from West Salem High School in 2011.
During his senior year, Smith completed 65.7% of his passes for 2,146 yards and 27 touchdowns with five interceptions. He rushed for 855 yards on only 115 carries for 22 rushing touchdowns. He was named the First Team All-state for class 6A. In 2010, he was the Gatorade Football Player of the Year. He was ranked number 8 in all of the state of Oregon.
Smith attended the University of Wyoming from 2011 to 2013. During his career, he started 35 games, throwing for 8,834 yards with 76 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,529 yards with 20 touchdowns.
During his freshman year, he averaged 256.3 yards in total offense per game. He was ranked number 2 in the Mountain West (MW) and ranked 33 in the NCAA. He was ranked fourth in the MW and 61st in the nation on passing yards, with 201.7 passing yards a game. He had a 124.6 passer rating ,with that he was ranked 4th in the MW for passing efficiency. He had two receptions for 17 yards and one touchdown. He had 2 tackles for the year. He was first team All-American freshman.
In his sophomore year, he finished the season with 174 pass attempts and no interceptions; this was the second-best mark in MW history. He finished second in the MW Conference and 16th nationally in total offense yards, with 308.5 yards per game. He placed 21st in passing yards per game, with 284 yards. He averaged 13.8 yards per complete pass. He completed sixty percent of his passes, and threw for 27 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions. He was Mountain West Conference player of the week three times. He sustained one reception for 10 yards, and only one tackle. During this year he was nominated for the Manning Award.
In his junior year, he was one of the top returning quarterbacks in the nation and was a a leading All-American candidate in 2013. He was ranked among the top 25 quarterbacks in the NCAA in multiple categories. Smith entered the 2014 NFL Draft after his junior season.
Wyoming football records
- Career Offensive Yards: 10,390 (2011-2013)
- Career Touchdowns: 97 (2011-2013)
- Career Passing Touchdowns: 76 (2011-2013)
- Most Total Yards in a Game: 640 (November 23, 2013, against Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football) (Also a Mountain West Conference record)
During all the training camps, the NFL scouts gave him a rating of a 5.1. His weaknesses included his size (6’1”), he tended to throw off balance, his throws wobbled out of his hand, and he needed to adapt patience to be able to play at the pro level. His strengths included good sized hands, a vertical jump of 10’8”, his speed for being a quarterback, and being a team captain for two years. With all his strengths and weaknesses he was predicted a seventh round pick. In the actual 2014 NFL Draft, he went undrafted.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Shortly after the draft concluded, Smith was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to compete with Mike Kafka, Alex Tanney and Mike Glennon for the backup position behind Josh McCown. This reunited him with college teammate Robert Herron, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. It also reunites him with quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo who recruited Smith to Wyoming. He was cut on May 21, 2014.
San Jose SaberCats
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