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Heisman Hype In Full Swing For Geno Smith


West Virginia University Quarterback Geno Smith is the clear Heisman Trophy frontrunner one month into the season. Smith's 656 yards passing and eight touchdowns against Baylor solidified his status as the clear favorite to win college football's most coveted individual award.

Smith is shattering WVU school records and is putting up the kind of numbers you previously only saw in video games. Smith completed 45 of 51 passes against Baylor for 656 yards and eight touchdowns. Through four games he has now completed 141 of 169 passes for 1,728 yards and 20 touchdowns while throwing no interceptions.

"I could care less about the Heisman Trophy," Smith said following the Baylor game. "The big thing for us is that we won the game today. Like I always say, we are on a mission and we want to win them all. We are going to take it day by day and one game at a time. We're 4-0 and now we have put those four games behind us and we are going to focus on Texas."

Smith is not talking much about the Heisman Trophy, but his teammates do not shy away from speaking of the Trophy.

"I'm happy for Geno right now," WVU Inside Receiver Tavon Austin said with a smile. "He's in the Heisman race and hopefully he is number one. I'm just thankful that he can be in it and reflect some on us too."

The comparisons are already beginning. Geno Smith has put up more impressive numbers through four games than 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III did a year ago.

Through Four


Total Yds. Comp. Pct.

Yds. Per







0 4-0


Griffin III

1 3-1

Smith will have the opportunity to improve his candidacy for the Heisman Trophy next week when WVU visits Texas. The Longhorns defense is among the best in the conference and will definitely test Smith and the Mountaineers.

WVU has never had a Heisman Trophy winner. Both Pat White and Steve Slaton appeared on the Heisman ballot, but only one former Mountaineer has been invited to New York City as a finalist for the award.

Former WVU Quarterback Major Harris finished third in the hunt for the 1989 Heisman Trophy.

"As we continue to win, it should just get bigger and bigger," Harris said. "If we can beat Texas and Oklahoma, hands down he should win it."

Rarely does a player who emerges as a Heisman Trophy frontrunner wind up striking the pose in December. However, Geno Smith is not wired the same way as a typical college senior. He rarely gets rattled and is more focused on team success than individual success.

That kind of focus could help him take his place as West Virginia's first Heisman Trophy winner.  

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