West Virginia Mountaineers: Has Geno Smith Already Locked Up The Heisman?

On Saturday I received a notification on my phone stating that West Virginia quarterback and Heisman hopeful Geno Smith threw for 656 yards and eight touchdowns against the Baylor Bears.

I’ll admit I thought it was a typo. Immediately I thought to myself, “Those are video game stats”. As I got home, that is all the college football broadcasters and analysis could talk about.

The most amazing stat from that game is Smith throwing eight touchdowns, and only throwing six incompletions. Never have I seen a quarterback throw more touchdowns than incompletions, but Smith done just that. With that one game, Geno Smith went from Heisman hopeful to Heisman winner.

Right now Smith is leading the Mountaineers through the college football ranks. Currently at eight, West Virginia is first in passing yards and first in points.

If you think that is impressive Smith’s stats would have your tongue on the floor in shock and awe. Through four games, Smith has thrown for 1,728 yards and 20 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Smith has also completed 83 percent of his passes.

If you’re still not convinced here is a list that stacks Smith’s numbers against other Heisman winners in September:

Robert Griffin III, 2011 — 69 of 81 (85.2%) for 962 yards, 13 TDs, 0 interceptions, 237.92 rating, 161 rushing yards, 1 TD.

Cameron Newton, 2010 — 43 of 68 (63.2%) for 683 yards, 9 TDs, 3 interceptions, 182.47 rating, 484 rushing yards, 5 TDs.

Mark Ingram, 2009 — 61 carries for 347 yards (5.69 ypc), 4 TDs, 13 catches, 141 yards, 3 TDs.

Sam Bradford, 2008 — 83 of 115 (72.2%) for 1,293 yards, 16 TDs, 2 interceptions, 209.04 rating.

Tim Tebow, 2007 — 85 of 122 (69.7%) for 1,2971 yards, 11 TDs, 2 interceptions, 185.44 rating, 433 rushing yards, 8 TDs.

Troy Smith, 2006 — 84 of 128 (65.6%) for 1,070 yards, 12 TDs, 2 interceptions, 163.66 rating.

Reggie Bush, 2005 — 40 carries for 333 yards (8.32 ypc), 4 TDs, 10 catches, 171 yards, 2 TDs.

Matt Leinart, 2004 — 84 of 124 (67.7%) for 1,023 yards, 8 TDs, 2 interceptions, 155.11 rating.

Jason White, 2003 — 86 of 132 (65.1%) for 1,088 yards, 11 TDs, 3 interceptions, 157.34 rating.

Carson Palmer, 2002 — 86 of 149 (57.7%) for 963 yards, 5 TDs, 3 interceptions, 119.06 rating

The rest of  the season for West Virginia is not easy. Their next game is against Texas who is ranked 11th in the nation and is a team that will be playing home. If they can pass that test the Mountaineers still have #7 Kansas State, #15 TCU and #17 Oklahoma however, all those games are at home for the Mountaineers.

For the next few weeks Geno Smith will go against some great defenses. This makes some people believe his Heisman status will drop. To me, no matter what happens, win or lose; I still believe Smith will be holding the Heisman trophy high in the air in New York City.

In his victory speech he should thank the Baylor defense for helping him win the trophy. Without them, the Heisman trophy wouldn’t be possible.

Photo Courtesy: Grantland.com

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