WVU Football: How Does Geno Smith Handle the Pressure?

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIISeptember 21, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 15:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to throw a pass 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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As much as a player wants to get away from the national spotlight, it's easier said than done. 

This is the case with West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Smith, a senior who has recorded 10 total touchdowns and over 700 yards in two games, is the clear front-runner for the coveted Heisman Trophy up to this point in the season.

As much as head coach Dana Holgorsen and Smith don't want to hear about all the expectations and hype, it must be nice to get the spotlight from the rest of the nation finally. 

While consistency is key for the quarterback position, when you're at this stage of your collegiate career, each play matters a bit more. This is especially true when you're in the Heisman talks.

Smith has said on numerous occasions that he cares more about winning a national championship, and that could be true, but winning this award must be in the back of his mind.

While Smith has put up ridiculous numbers up to this point against two inferior teams, the true competition is coming up very soon. The first Big 12 Conference opponent comes into town on Sept. 29 in the Baylor Bears.

So, with the Maryland Terrapins in town for tomorrow's noon game, will Smith continue to handle the competition with ease? Could we see yet another game with Smith throwing over 85 percent of his passes? Could we see another 400-450 yards racked up? 

When you're in this spotlight, each game matters that much more.

There is very little room for error. A player can have one semi-bad game, but that's about it.  Consistency is key for Smith and this WVU football team.

The West Virginia quarterback uses a balanced attack with receivers. He doesn't look for one receiver, but rather the one that is open and can make a play.

So, my question to all of you is how do you avoid that attention? It must be satisfying and welcoming in a way, but the amount of pressure of every play could be a bit too much to handle.

But then again, it's nothing Smith isn't used to. After the Orange Bowl victory, the attention would be on this West Virginia squad—especially with a new conference and everything along those lines.

For a guy as humble as Smith, it sure would be a great picture to see the beloved one in Morgantown holding the coveted Heisman Trophy.