Wyoming QB Carta-Samuels ready for No. 11 Utah

Oct 12 2010 - 1:57pm

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, who missed last weekend's game at TCU because of an undisclosed injury, is clear to play Saturday against No. 11 Utah in Laramie, Wyoming coach Dave Christensen said.

Wyoming (2-4) lost to TCU 45-0.

Carta-Samuels missed his first start since winning the starting job in Week 4 of last season, when he was named Mountain West Conference freshman of the year. Without being specific, he said his absence was "strictly a medical thing."

"I care so much about my players that it's hard not to go through a week with them and not have the opportunity to go down and fight with them on the field," he said Monday.

Christensen said it is UW's policy not to disclose the specifics of injuries suffered by players.

Carta-Samuels, whose five interceptions in five games this season matched the total he threw in 13 games last year, said he's anxious to return.

"People are going to see a new level of enthusiasm from me," he said. "I'm excited to get back to work and win some games."

The Cowboys offense has struggled since Wyoming beat Southern Utah in the season opener 28-20.

UW ranks last out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total offense at 240.7 yards per game and rushing yards per game with 69.2. The Cowboys are tied for 118th in scoring at 12.5 points per game.

"We haven't done a good job, and the statistics don't lie," Carta-Samuels said.

Three of Wyoming's last five opponents have been ranked in the Top 10.

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