LARAMIE – The lengthy journey to the NFL for Jimmy “Trey” Smith III has led to a well-known locker room.
The Wyoming working again signed Thursday with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent, becoming a member of the identical franchise the place his father, Jimmy Smith Jr., was a star large receiver from 1995-2005.
The Jaguars chosen All-American linebacker Chad Muma within the third spherical of the NFL draft on Aug. 29. One other former UW standout, Andrew Wingard, performs security for Jacksonville.
Trey Smith, who began his profession at Louisville earlier than becoming a member of UW as a graduate switch, had 146 carries for 802 yards and 9 touchdowns during the last three seasons for the Cowboys.
Smith had three video games with over 150 yards speeding – 152 yards vs. Idaho (2019), 164 at UNLV (2020) and 154 yards towards New Mexico (2020) – however the tremendous senior was relegated to a backup position behind Xazavian Valladay and Titus Swen in 2021.
Nonetheless, Smith completed his collegiate profession off with a bang, speeding for 73 yards, together with a 49-yard landing, on solely 5 carries within the Pokes’ 52-38 win over Ken State within the Well-known Idaho Potato Bowl.
“To see Trey go in and rating after which the staff simply rejoice … he’s been one of many final staff gamers,” UW head coach Craig Bohl mentioned after the sport.
Throughout this system’s professional day in March, which was attended by 29 of the 32 NFL groups, Jimmy Smith Jr. wore Jaguars gear whereas watching his son’s exercise.
Trey Smith is now the fifth UW participant from the 2021 staff to get an NFL alternative.
Muma was one of many Jaguars’ coveted draft picks.
Proper guard Logan Harris (Detroit Lions), defensive finish Garrett Crall (Miami Dolphins) and heart Keegan Cryder (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) beforehand signed as undrafted free brokers.
The Cowboys led the Mountain West with 16 gamers within the NFL on the finish of the 2021 season, headlined by Buffalo Payments quarterback Josh Allen and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson.
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