Originally Posted by Sorter
Definitely some good stuff in that game from Geno. I like Wilson more, but would be thrilled with either Murray or Smith. Would like those two over Bray. Haven't watched Logan Thomas enough to make any kind of assessment. However, I doubt that Murray or Bray come out this year.
Geno Smith has a lot of Sam Bradford to his game with, perhaps, a better arm.
He's put up stellar numbers the past two years:
Comp %: 65.8
Comp %: 64.8
He's supposedly a film junkie with a terrific work ethic.
West Virginia gets a lot of pub for it's defense, but Smith is a very, very good player with a ton of potential.
Smith, tabbed as the conference's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, is coming off an electric season in which he led the Mountaineers to a 10-3 record, including a 70-33 thumping of Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Smith threw for 407 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions in the team's season finale, capping his All-Big East junior campaign.
Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said even though Smith is likely to rack up impressive stats -- he threw for 4,385 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2011 -- he is likely to be remembered for what his team was able to accomplish.
"He's progressed and he's got a chance to be pretty good," Holgorsen said. "He stacks up with a lot of other guys I've had in the past. He's going to be remembered for how many games he can win, and Geno's got the ability to make everybody else around him better."
In addition to his preseason Big 12 accolades, Smith has garnered national attention as he was selected to the Walter Camp Award and Maxwell Award watch lists.
Both prizes are given annually to the top player in college football. However, Smith said he hasn't let any of the hype impact his psyche.
"I haven't taken any thought into it," Smith said. "I don't let it affect me in any way. I'm not going to walk around here and boast as if it's some major accomplishment. The only thing that I'm worried about is winning games."