Austyn Carta-Samuels was brought in by Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen to be a big part of his spread offense, whether it was for this season or for the future.
As far as Carta-Samuels is concerned, why wait for the future.
“My goal is to start as a true freshman,” Carta-Samuels said Thursday as he watched the Cowboys work in the Indoor Practice Facility.
Carta-Samuels is spending a few days in Laramie while on spring break.
The San Jose, Calif., freshman said he knows there is good competition here at quarterback; he knows that junior college transfer Robert Benjamin is coming to UW to compete and that he, too, is talented.
He knows that winning the job won’t be easy and he has a lot of work to do.
But that’s his goal.
“I would be cheating myself if I didn’t expect myself to get that,” Carta-Samuels said.
Confidence is a trait the California all-star has and an attribute he said is essential in becoming a Division I quarterback.
“I feel that especially with the new staff here, and new everything, it gives me an opportunity to be level with the quarterbacks here,” he said. “I think physically I can run with the quarterbacks. They are good players, but as a quarterback, you have to believe in yourself, and I believe in myself.”
Carta-Samuels flew in Wednesday night and will be in town until Sunday. That gives him a chance to observe the Cowboys on Thursday, Friday and especially for Saturday’s scrimmage.
Making an early appearance gives him a chance to “get as much logged in my head mentally that I can.”
So far, he likes what he sees.
“I think it looks really good. I think they have a lot of defensive speed, the defensive looks really strong,” he said. “The offense is obviously going to be a little slower because they are just putting everything in. The quarterbacks are doing a great job, they seem to be working very hard. They all seem to be working very hard, which apparently is a difference from last year.”
With so much to learn, being here in person is advantageous, he said.
“I have my stuff to study at home, but there is just so much studying you can do without having a coach telling you what exactly you need to do,” Carta-Samuels said. “But it is going to be rough for everybody until we get this new stuff in. We’re real excited about it.”
Carta-Samuels can’t participate with his future teammates on the field, but he can be in on team meetings.
“I’ve talked to the coaches a lot. Actually, more happens in meetings than people think,” he said. “Meetings are when I really get coached; quarterbacks are getting coached. On the field, there is only so much you can tell them. I’m trying to learn from competition, but it happens in the backrooms. I’ve been in there getting drilled, so I’m excited about that.”
Carta-Samuels said the amount of information thrown at you in one meeting here is more than he got in all three years of high school varsity. He’s taking notes like they are going out of style.
“I log it, I have a huge binder. The coaches were excited to see that, too, when I came up, that I have been doing a lot of work,” Carta-Samuels said. “There is a lot to pay attention to.”
Carta-Samuels will arrive in Laramie for good on June 14, when he said the real work begins.
“I’ll get to work out with my team and be with my coach a lot, spend a lot of time learning things mentally,” he said. “Physically, I am working hard. Mentally, it is going to be a big jump because when you start to understand what is going on, it will start to slow down a lot earlier than when people think. I’m excited about that type of stuff.”
And what does he think about the Cowboy spread offense? His eyes tell the story.
“The sky is the limit, trust me, with what Coach Christensen did at Missouri,” Carta-Samuels said he spoke while watching a play on the field. “He has said many times that his situation was a lot worse when he came in to Missouri than here. I think we have an awesome recruiting class, my freshman class. Guys are working hard, he has changed the tempo. With his offensive scheme, especially in this conference because no one runs this spread, the sky is the limit.”
Yet, if Carta-Samuels has his way, there will be no limit on spirals in the sky.