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Smith has put up exceptional numbers over the past two games.
Stats are king when it comes to the Heisman race, and Smith isn't lacking in that department.
Through two games, Smith has thrown for 734 yards and nine touchdowns. He's completed 66 of his 75 passes as well—an eye-popping 88 percent completion rate.
Let that sink in. The guy's actually thrown as many touchdowns as incompletions.
What's even more impressive is that Smith hasn't played more than a minute in the fourth quarter of either game. He's put up these numbers in essentially six quarters of play. That's unbelievable.
As ridiculous as the numbers are, it is important to recognize that West Virginia has played Marshall and James Madison. Neither team would be considered a football giant.
There are going to be skeptics of Smith's performances. But there shouldn't be.
While the stats will inevitably fall a bit (no one can sustain that kind of production for a full season), it's hard to imagine a nose dive. Smith has already proven that he can play at an extremely high level.
Last year, Smith threw for 4,385 yards and 31 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. His year was highlighted by a memorable Orange Bowl, in which he torched an overwhelmed Clemson defense for 407 yards and six touchdowns.
He looks even better this year—a scary thought for his Heisman competitors. He'll put up great numbers all year, and the stats will keep him firmly entrenched in the Heisman race.