West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith made the biggest Heisman statement of the season this weekend when he threw for 8 touchdowns and 656 yards in the Mountaineers’ 70-63 Big 12 debut win over the Baylor Bears. As if the yards and touchdowns weren’t impressive enough, Smith only had six incomplete passes in the game.
West Virginia will need Smith to continue to put up huge numbers as they have four more ranked teams on their first Big 12 Schedule.
Smith showed great potential as a kid and was classified as gifted in his Florida grade school. Smith excelled in the arts including acting, writing, and sketching. He also competed in chess tournaments as he grew up. Smith attended Miramar High School in Miami where he was a star football player making the second team All-State as a junior. In Smith’s senior season he threw for 30 touchdowns and led Miramar to the state 6A semi-finals. The stats were enough for Smith to finish second in the Mr. Florida voting.
Following high school Smith was offered scholarships from a long list of schools including Alabama, LSU, Michigan, and South Florida. In the end Smith signed with West Virginia where he saw action in five games in his freshman year before becoming the full time starter in his sophomore season. In his junior season Smith broke a number of school records while leading the Mountaineers to the Orange Bowl. West Virginia defeated Clemson 70-33 in the Orange Bowl as Smith broke Tom Brady’s bowl record with 401 passing yards.
The road to the Heisman will not be easy as the Mountaineers still have to face the top teams in the Big 12 including a trip to Austin, Texas on Saturday where they will face the undefeated Longhorns for the first time since 1956. Like any good quarterback, if Smith is at the top of his game again West Virginia will have a great chance to earn another W.
For more photos of Geno Smith check out Newscom.
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