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Bailey Should Break a Record in Brawl


West Virginia University has only seen three players rack up more than 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. One of those three players is still adding to his total. Redshirt-Sophomore Stedman Bailey needs just seven yards to set a new school record, passing David Saunders' mark of 1,043 yards in 1996.

"I pretty much go to sleep thinking about that every night," Bailey said. "I know that I am just probably one catch away from breaking that record."

In all likelihood, Bailey will do more than just break the record. He is on pace to shatter it.

"I've been averaging 100 yards per game, so if I can continue to average 100 yards I may be at 1,200," Bailey said. "Maybe one of these games I might go for 200. I can't put a number on where I think I am, but it will probably be something big."

Bailey possesses average to below average size. At 5-foot-10 inches tall, he more than makes up for that average size with above average skills.

"I can't really compare myself to nobody in college," Bailey said. "But in the NFL, I think about guys like Steve Smith, just a lot of the guys who are smaller. We got Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh. You don't necessarily have to be a big guy to go out there and make plays. For me, it's just something in my heart, I love this game so much that I just want to make plays."

It probably did not hurt that Bailey came to West Virginia with his high school quarterback, Geno Smith.

"We have been working for about six or seven years now," Smith said. "He was overlooked in high school, but in my eyes was one of the best receivers in the country. It's good that he is getting his name out there."

Smith and Bailey have built up a lot of trust and familiarity with each other over time. They are good friends, teammates and supporters of each other.

"He's making a name for himself throughout the country," Smith said. "He's been making catches you only see on Sunday. He is becoming one of those guys, a go to guy on this offense and a leader on this team. He is one of those guys who will probably be mentioned as one of the best receivers to ever go through here."

"A lot of times I sit back and smile thinking about my name going into the record books until somebody else can surpass what I've been able to do," Bailey said. "It's a very good feeling to break a record here."

That record very well may fall after just one season. Bailey, Smith and virtually the entire offense is coming back next year.

"We will all definitely be back next year and we don't necessarily lose too many guys on offense, so that is something to look forward to," Bailey said. "It gives me joy to know that everybody I played with this year will be back on our side of the ball. Next year, we will set the bar a little bit higher."

With one record about to fall, keep an eye on Geno Smith. He is only 527 yards shy of setting a Big East record for passing yards in a season. Smith has 3,497 pass yards and is chasing Brian Brohm's (Louisville) record of 4,024 yards set in 2007.

"It's great to be mentioned with Brian Brohm and a lot of those guys who passed through the Big East. There are some pretty good quarterbacks. To have my name written down in the history books is something big for my family. I could care less about records. I am just trying to win as many games as we can."

Smith has two regular season games and one bowl game remaining to break Brohm's record.

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