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Holgorsen Impressed by Geno Smith's Primetime Performance

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Geno Smith hasn't had a spotless rookie season so far, but that isn't stopping him from stringing together some impressive numbers when his team needs him most.

The former West Virginia University quarterback is just five games into his professional career with the New York Jets and completed another comeback in the fourth quarter to get his team its third victory. Just as he did in a week one win, Smith guided New York with a two-minute drill right after it looked like the opposition had gained the upper hand, and perhaps the win, late in the game.

He was 16-of-20 for 199 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions and led the Jets in those final minutes to field position for a game-winning field goal. He did it on the road in Atlanta, too.

His former head coach, Dana Holgorsen, was asked if he witnessed the performance on Monday Night Football.

"It was fun watching Geno. It was fun," said Holgorsen. "That's a difficult situation that he's overcoming and having a ton of success. Said it from ever since he was done playing with us, he's going to be a great pro and play for a long time."

Unfortunately for Holgorsen, Smith's time in Morgantown came to an end last December and he is no longer available to get in behind center for WVU. With a revolving door at quarterback through six games, Holgorsen has seen Paul Millard, Ford Childress and Clint Trickett each take a shot at guiding the Mountaineers offense.

The head coach admitted he wouldn't mind seeing Smith back in his old gold and blue No. 12 rather than the green No. 7 he's sporting these days.

"It'd be nice to have him," Holgorsen laughed. "It'd be nice to have any number of the six last ones I've had, but who knows? Which one of these guys are on our team right now that can end up improving to the point to where they can be the next guy? They've just got to keep playing."

Holgorsen says that Trickett will be held out of this week's practices in hopes that he will return to full health in time for WVU's next game when Texas Tech comes to town on Oct. 19.

"With that shoulder, we will give him the whole week to rehab and strengthen it so he's 100 percent next week," said Holgorsen. "I don't know if that's going to happen for sure, but we will give him this week off and let him rest and let him strengthen that shoulder to get him back on Monday."

The Mountaineers may still be searching for a consistent replacement for Smith, but Holgorsen is getting a kick out of watching his former quarterback make real strides early in his professional career. 

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