Geno Smith: 5 Keys to WVU Quarterback's Heisman Hopes: Updated

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Geno Smith: 5 Keys to WVU Quarterback's Heisman Hopes: Updated
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Geno Smith

West Virginia Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith has wasted no time in two outings showing that his Orange Bowl performance was no fluke.

His 88 percent completion rate on 66 of 75 passes for 734 yards and nine touchdowns is a good start. Smith also has 10 rushes for 83 yards and another score and has not been sacked.

Now you're talking Heisman Trophy numbers. His quarterback rating after two games is an incredible 209.8!

Dave Hickman of the Charleston Gazette  quoted WVU head coach Dana Holgerson: "He [Smith] managed the game as well as anybody I've ever been around.''

And Holgerson has been around some pretty good ones, including Case Keenum and Brandon Weeden. That was after the Marshall game.

Smith is not a running quarterback. USA Today reported that James Madison coach Mickey Matthews had this to say after the JMU game, "Their quarterback -- you just can't sack the guy. He's quicker than our defensive linemen."

Obviously the 15 pounds of muscle Smith added during the offseason have made him stronger and a better runner. His 28-yard TD run on a broken play showed a speed and confidence not seen last year. He pulls away from the grasp of a would be tackler and makes a positive play.

As well as Geno is playing, he must have a talented supporting cast. There are five key players that will help determine Geno Smith's chances of winning the Heisman Trophy.

Of course he has to have outstanding numbers. WVU has to win the Big 12. In order for Smith to win the Heisman, his team mates  have to help. Let's check the two game update on that:

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