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Wyoming QB Brett Smith declares early NFL draft entry

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Wyoming QB Brett Smith threw seven touchdown passes in a win over Hawaii last month.

The first underclassman quarterback to announce intentions to enter the NFL draft did so Friday night, but it wasn't Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel or UCF's Blake Bortles. Instead, it was Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith who became the first at his position to cast his name into the 2014 NFL Draft quarterback pool along with seniors like Alabama's AJ McCarron and Fresno State's Derek Carr.

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"It was extremely tough, that's for sure. But I just felt like with the entire situation of things, I made a decision that being in the NFL was my absolute dream, and I just wanted to pursue it," Smith said, according to trib.com. "That was basically all that went into this decision. You look at a lot of things, but what it came down to was that I wanted to pursue my dream of becoming an NFL quarterback and I didn't want to do anything else but that."

Smith said Wyoming's coaching change after the season had no effect on his decision, noting that he got along well with new coach Craig Bohl, who visited his home to discuss Smith's future. Smith (6-3, 206 pounds) has yet to sign with an agent. He completed 293 of 467 passes this season (62 percent) for 3,375 yards, 29 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions.

"I just want an opportunity. I just want to go somewhere," Smith added. "I just want to be an NFL quarterback and try to be a good one. And whatever team, that doesn't matter."

Smith said he hasn't been given an indication of where in the draft he might be chosen.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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