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Geno Smith Still A Legitimate Heisman Contender

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The race for the Heisman Trophy is always an interesting one hinging on this great play or that critical mistake. Sometimes one game can severely derail a frontrunner. West Virginia University Quarterback Geno Smith did not lose the Heisman Trophy following his performance in the game at Texas Tech. What he did was show that he is in fact human. As a result, Smith fell back down to the pack of other Heisman Trophy contenders.

Smith completed 29 of 55 passes for 295 yards and one touchdown. He has still not thrown an interception the entire season. Sure, many of Smith's passes in this game were not right on target as they were through his first five games. His receivers also dropped passes that they caught earlier in the season.

Let's examine the Heisman race midway through the season:

NAME SCHOOL POSITION STATS
GENO SMITH WVU QB 2,291 Pass Yds, 25 TD, 0 INT
COLLIN KLEIN KANSAS ST QB

1,074 Pass Yds, 7 TD, 2 INT

510 Rush Yds, 10 TD

MATT BARKLEY USC QB 1,475 Pass Yds, 16 TD, 6 INT
BRAXTON MILLER OHIO ST QB

1,271 Pass Yds, 11 TD, 4 INT

912 Rush Yds, 9 TD

LANDRY JONES OKLAHOMA QB 1,358 Pass Yds, 9 TD, 3 INT
D'ANTHONY THOMAS OREGON RB

377 Rush Yds, 6 TD

205 Rec. Yds, 3 TD

Typically some of the criteria for Heisman candidates include performing well on the big stage and creating some memorable moments during the season.

Smith has already done well on the big stage against Texas. He completed 25 of 35 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Smith will have the national spotlight once again this weekend when Kansas State comes to Morgantown for a primetime kickoff.

Memorable moments also sway in Geno Smith's favor. He had one in week one of the season when he took a broken play and carried the ball 28 yards for a touchdown. Smith also commanded national attention with a spectacular performance against Baylor in a 70-63 WVU victory. Smith completed 45 of 51 passes for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in that game.

The first six games of the season allowed Smith to establish himself as the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. The last six games of the season will determine whether or not Geno Smith becomes West Virginia's first Heisman Trophy winner.

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