WVU Football: 5 Players Who Must Step Up in 2012

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WVU Football: 5 Players Who Must Step Up in 2012
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West Virginia will face a number of "what ifs" between now and the start of 2012.

The biggest at this point is what conference will the Mountaineers be playing in when the season kicks off in September.

For now, let's assume WVU will be in the Big 12.

So Dana Holgorsen and his score-happy offense should fit right in with teams like Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas and so on.

But if the Mountaineers are going to make an immediate impact in their new conference, some new faces must make a major impact.

Expectations are already high for players like quarterback Geno Smith, receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey and defensive back Terence Garvin.

Now, some of these players have already hit the field and had moments of success for WVU, but they were not in the spotlight in 2011.

So maybe these five guys will become key components to West Virginia's first season in the Big 12.

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