By JOE STEVENSON - jstevenson@nwherald.com

Wyoming QB departures give Pittser better chance to start

When the Wyoming football coaching staff told Richmond-Burton’s Adam Pittser he could come in and compete for the starting quarterback job as a freshman, it wasn’t just lip service.

Because of some attrition, Pittser’s chances of competing are even better now. Austyn Carta-Samuels, the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2009, left the Cowboys in January, and redshirt freshman Emory Miller Jr. left last week, according to Wyoming coach Dave Christensen.

“It definitely opens things up,” Pittser said Friday. “The kid who was here [Carta-Samuels] was really good. From the start, they said I’d compete for the starting job. Emory had some experience, but it looks like I can compete for the starting job right away.”

Pittser and freshman Brett Smith are now the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. Pittser said there are walk-ons and a junior college player coming in who might also compete.

Pittser, a three-year starter at R-B, moved to Laramie, Wyo., two days after graduation and is living with center Nick Carlson and guard Josh Leonard.

“I love it here,” Pittser said. “I haven’t had much of a chance to do anything yet; I’ve been watching film and getting with the receivers and throwing. Nick and Josh are taking care of me.”

Pittser was 30-8 as the Rockets’ starting quarterback and played in two IHSA Class 4A playoff semifinal games. He finished his career with 1,705 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions, although R-B’s offense is heavily run-oriented.

Pittser became well-known last summer when he attended the ESPN RISE Elite 11 quarterback camp in July in California. Pittser worked out with Jeff Christensen, who runs Throw It Deep Academy, a quarterback camp in the Chicago area, and Jeff’s son Jake, who played at Eastern Illinois University.

“Jake and I got together three or four times a week and threw,” Pittser said. “We’d split the difference [between Richmond and Naperville]. We’d find places where it worked out.”

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