Monday, April 26, 2004

QB Bramlet tamed Wyoming's winds



By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Down to their final pick of the NFL Draft, and in need of a No. 3 quarterback behind starter Carson Palmer and Jon Kitna, the Bengals looked West Sunday.

Casey Bramlet, QB, Wyoming
Height/Weight: 6-4, 225
DOB: April 2, 1981
College: Wyoming
2003 stats: 241-for-425 passing, 3,037 yards passing, 22 touchdowns, 9 interceptions.
2004 projection: Has opportunity to be third quarterback.
Personal: Born in Casper, Wyoming; business administration major; father, Tom, played two seasons at Wyoming.
Casey Bramlet, a Wyoming native and three-year starter for the Cowboys, was taken with the 218th overall pick.

"I think it's a great situation, especially being able to come in and have a good shot of making their team as the third-string quarterback," said Bramlet, who hails from Wheatland, Wyo., population 3,548.

"I've got a couple guys in front of me who've done a great job and they're going to be great to learn from."

At Wyoming, which plays in the Mountain West Conference, Bramlet completed 55.7 percent of his 1,378 passes for an eye-catching 9,684 yards in 40 career games.

He threw 56 touchdowns, but was intercepted 48 times.

"I wouldn't say he's earmarked as the third quarterback," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. "But he has the opportunity to be our third quarterback."

The Cowboys had the top-rated pass offense in the Mountain West last season. Bramlet completed 241-of-425 passes for 3,037 yards (253.1 yards per game) with 22 TDs and nine interceptions.

Bramlet's brother, Corey, will take over as Wyoming's quarterback this season.

"He came to Wyoming after me and it worked out really well," Casey Bramlet said.

Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese traveled to Wyoming recently to visit with Bramlet and watched him work out. According to Lewis, he left impressed.

"(Zampese) just thought he stood out with the strong arm," Lewis said. "He plays out there in Wyoming and sometimes it's windy, but he was able to deliver the football."

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