Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Wyoming coach Dave Christensen is done auditioning quarterbacks.
After platooning junior college transfer Robert Benjamin and true freshman Austyn Carta-Samuels through the first few games of the season, Christensen said Tuesday that he's sticking with his freshman against UNLV this weekend.
Carta-Samuels is the first true freshman to start for the Cowboys since 1974.
“We just felt he was more productive moving the ball, moving the offense, and was more consistent,” Christensen said during Tuesday's Mountain West teleconference. “At this time we just feel that having one guy being established as far as running the offense adds a lot more continuity to our offense. We just think that he gives us the best chance to move the football and be consistent offensively.”
Carta-Samuels, Benjamin and senior Karsten Sween all played in last week's 24-0 loss to Colorado with mixed results. Of the three, Carta-Samuels seemed to have the most success, completing 11 of 24 passes for 125 yards. He also rushed nine times for 36 yards.
This season, Carta-Samuels has completed 26 of 53 passes for 294 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns. Benjamin has completed 25 of 56 passes for 209 yards in his three starts with no interceptions and no touchdowns.
Christensen was adamant Tuesday that Carta-Samuels was the team's full-time starter and that there would be no rotation in the foreseeable future.
“It was kind of our plan early on to see where we were at and find somebody to step up and take charge of the position and give us a chance to have a little consistency there,” Christensen said. “We just feel that Austyn gives us that best opportunity for that to happen right now.”