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WVU’s Smith just wants to win games

August 8, 2012
By Mickey Furfari - For The Inter-Mountain , The Inter-Mountain

MORGANTOWN-Geno Smith, West Virginia University's record-breaking quarterback insists that all he's really interested in doing is "winning games" for the program.

Never mind that the 6-foot-3, 214-pound senior from Miami has been ranked No. 1 on a list of 285 Heisman Trophy Candidates in the Big 12 Conference.

As far as Smith is concerned, you also should forget his numerous honors he received last season. That is, except for the 10-3 record which he happily shares with teammates.

"I'm not looking for trophies," he shared after the first couple days of fall camp practice. "I don't think about trophies. I just want to win games for the program."

That should make second-year head coach Dana Holgorsen happy. He wants players to think only in terms of team - not of outstanding individual players like Smith.

But Geno will tell you that he hopes teammate Tavon Austin wins the Heisman. "I think he's one of the best players in the country," Smith stated. "He is the most electrifying."

Austin was last year's national leader in all-purpose yardage. Like the quarterback, he could be even more productive this go-around.

Smith said, "I am getting better every day, I can tell you that I'm improving every time I'm on the field."

As a junior in 13 games, he completed 346 of 526 passes for 4,385 yards and 34 touchdowns.

He was intercepted just seven times.

He was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2012 Orange Bowl for leading WVU to a 70-33 crushing of ACC champions Clemson in his hometown.

Smith made the All-Big East first team and was named the All-ECAC Offensive Player of the Year. He also made the All-Bowl team.

Even though there are five QBs in camp, Smith is taking his normal number of repetitions each day. He is excited about playing in the Big 12.

"We certainly expect to win some games," Smith said. "That's what we're concentrating on now."

Asked whether he thinks that he may have to run more this year, he replied, "Whatever it takes. I don't know. I just want to play football.

"Overall, I just want to make more plays (than he did last season)."

He has great work ethic, and teammates will tell you nobody works harder than Geno Smith.

Smith believes being consistent is vital to players on every team and he strives for that attribute.



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