Sophomore Earns Award for First Time in His Career
Laramie, Wyo. (Sept. 9, 2013) — Wyoming sophomore defensive end Eddie Yarbrough was named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performance against Idaho in the 2013 home opener for the Cowboys.
The native of Aurora, Colo., Yarbrough recorded nine tackles, 3.0 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss, while also recovering a fumble and breaking up one pass. Yarbrough’s fumble recovery for seven yards came on the final Idaho possession of the first quarter, and that turnover led to Wyoming’s first touchdown of the game on the ensuing series.
Yarbrough’s pass breakup came on Idaho’s final possession of the first half on a 3rd and 1 for the Vandals. Yarbrough’s PBU forced a 4th and 1, and Idaho’s series ended with a missed 41-yard field goal.
One tackle for loss came on an Idaho 3rd and 1 that Yarbrough tackled the Idaho runner for a one-yard loss to force a punt.
Yarbrough’s 3.0 sacks were for losses of 15 yards, five yards and eight yards for a total of 28 yards in losses.
He helped lead a Wyoming defense that allowed Idaho only 10 points, all scored in the fourth quarter, and only 344 yards of total offense.
His Week 2 performance has him leading the Mountain West and ranking No. 6 in the nation in sacks (1.5 per game). He is also tied for the conference lead and tied for No. 4 in the NCAA in tackles for loss (2.5 per game) this season.
Yarbrough leads all Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles this season, and he ranks No. 4 overall in the MW and No. 20 in the nation in tackles (11.0 tackles per game).
Offensive player nominee
Wyoming’s other Mountain West Player of the Week nominee this week was junior quarterback Brett Smith.
Smith accounted for 359 yards of total offense, passing for 295 yards and rushing for 64, while throwing four touchdown passes in a 42-10 victory over Idaho.
He completed 22 of 38 passes (57.9 percent) for the game. In the third quarter, Smith was extremely effective, completing 11 of 15 passes (73.3 percent) for 165 yards and three touchdowns.
Smith led Wyoming to 564 yards of total offense against Idaho. The junior led the Cowboy offense in converting five of six red-zone opportunities. He ranks No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 9 in the NCAA in passing yards (339.0 per game).
Smith also leads the Mountain West and ranks No. 2 in the nation in Points Responsible For (24.0 points per game). He set a new Wyoming school record for Touchdowns Responsible For. He now has 72 TDs Responsible For. The junior broke the previous school record of 70 set by Casey Bramlet from 2000-03.
Smith ranks him No. 4 in total offense in the nation (417.0 yards per game) this year. He moved up to No. 5 on the Wyoming career total offense list. Smith now has 6,137 yards of career total offense, and passed Joe Hughes, who had 6,078 yards from 1992-93.