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Geno Smith ‘feels great’ as opener approaches

August 24, 2011
MICKEY FURFARI FAN-FARE

Geno Smith, West Virginia University's starting quarterback, admittedly "feels great" with the season's opener against Marshall just around the corner.

"I've gained a couple pounds since last year," he said, "But I'm still as mobile as I was, and, hopefully, just as quick and fast."

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound junior from Miami, FL., is pleased that fall camp workouts went very well for the Mountaineers.

"Overall, I think everyone did a good job," Smith said of the first scrimmage which was closed to the media by new head coach, Dan Holgorsen. "Some guys (on offense) stepped up more than others."

"Wide receiver Ivan McCartney (a sophomore) made some good plays. (Sophomore) Steadman Bailey made some good catches. Tavon Austin made some third-down conversions, spinning through holes for first downs."

Smith also praised the offensive linemen as controlling the line of scrimmage.

He also noted that the offense did not commit many penalties. Holding was almost non-existent. That means his teammates did a good job.

Asked whether he thought there was any separation among those competing for the running back positions, Smith replied, "I don't know. It's up to the coaches (to determine that). But I think all those guys have done a great job competing."

Holgorsen has said a post-camp depth chart won't be ready until this coming weekend. WVU meets Marshall on Sunday, Sept. 4,at Mountaineer Field/Milan Puskar Stadium.

Smith thinks all of the freshmen bring good qualities to the table. Two are speedy running backs.

"I think we have some great plays in both the running game and the passing game," he said, "I think we're doing a good job moving the chains.

"Coach Holgorsen wants us to continue to work hard. You never want to be satisfied."

He likes the uptempo offense and the speed it created.

Smith enjoyed a breakout year in 2010. Playing in all 13 games, he completed 241 of 372 passes for 2.763 yards and 24 touchdowns.

He also rushed 106 times for a net of only 217 yards. And he has yet to run for a touchdown.

Smith, who played in just five games as a freshman, was coached by former Mountaineer standout Damon Cogdell at Miami's Minaman High School. He was allowed to call his own plays down there in his junior and senior years.

 
 

 

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