Wyoming QB Smith among 3 leaving early for draft

Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith and Fresno State receiver

Davante Adams are leaving college football early to enter the NFL

draft.

Utah tight end Jake Murphy also announced Friday that he is

giving up his senior season to try to go pro.

Smith threw for 3,375 yards and 29 touchdowns for the Cowboys

this season. The university said in a press release that Smith

informed athletic director Tom Burman of his decision Friday.

New Wyoming coach Craig Bohl had visited with Smith last weekend

to talk about the future of the program.

”I have so much respect for Coach Bohl and know that we will be

very successful at Wyoming,” Smith said in a statement. ”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.”

Adams, a third-year sophomore, will skip his final two seasons

of college to enter the draft. He caught 233 passes for 3,031 yards

and 38 touchdowns in 26 games at Fresno State over the past two

seasons.

He led the nation this season in receptions per game (10.1),

total receptions (131) and touchdown catches (24) this season. He

was also second in receiving yardage with a school-record

1,718.

”I felt that this was a good time for me to take the next

step,” Adams said. ”I felt that I have done all that I can do and

I felt like it was a good move to make going out on a good note

because you never know returning and then maybe your stock can be

dropped.”

The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Murphy played in eight games for the

Utes in 2013, catching 25 passes for 417 yards (16.7 average) and

five touchdowns.

”In the end, I had to make the choice that was best for my

family – my wife and my daughter,” the 24-year-old Murphy

said.

On Thursday, California cornerback Kameron Jackson and tight end

Richard Rodgers entered the NFL draft.

Jackson played 30 games in his career at Cal, finishing with

four interceptions and nine passes defensed.

Rodgers caught 59 passes for 896 yards and two touchdowns in 22

games the past two seasons for the Golden Bears. He came to Cal as

a tight end but moved to receiver in coach Sonny Dykes’ spread

offense this season.