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WVU Football: Geno Smith Has Similar Numbers to What RGIII Had

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 15:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts after a play against the James Madison Dukes during a game at FedExField on September 15, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Amit BatraCorrespondent IIISeptember 16, 2012

While we never want to use the "H" word for Geno Smith, the thought of him winning the coveted trophy is getting in the minds of Mountaineer fans everywhere.

Smith had two tremendous games to open up the 2012 campaign in wins over Marshall and James Madison.

His numbers are very similar to those of Robert Griffin III last year at Baylor. Smith has the same number of passing touchdowns as incomplete passes with nine.  He's thrown more yards over two games than Griffin did at this point last season with 734.

Smith's total touchdown count is 10, including his rushing touchdown against Marshall.  His passer rating is 147.0 and his completion rate is scary-good at 88 percent. Through two games, the senior quarterback has not given up an interception.  His decision-making has been brilliant and he has gotten out of some difficult situations with his ability to run.

Smith connected with junior receiver Stedman Bailey for three touchdowns against JMU.  Bailey ended up with 13 receptions on the day.  Both he and senior Tavon Austin had over 100 yards receiving.  Austin also had a touchdown reception.

While we don't want to look too far ahead, Smith has a very good opportunity to be the top guy on many people's Heisman watch list due to USC falling to Stanford.  Matt Barkley had a tough game against the Cardinal. 

Barkley's completion rate was a mere 48.8 percent and he had two interceptions.  It's safe to say that the Heisman favorite didn't envision that type of game.

It's clear that Smith is one of the front-runners for the most prestigious award in college football at this point.

Yes, his competition hasn't been the best to juncture, but if Smith can put up similar numbers in conference play, WVU could have its first Heisman winner at the end of the season. 

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