West Virginia vs. Texas: 5-Step Plan for Longhorns D to Contain Geno Smith

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West Virginia vs. Texas: 5-Step Plan for Longhorns D to Contain Geno Smith
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When the Texas Longhorns and West Virginia Mountaineers square off this weekend in Austin, most eyes will be on West Virginia's senior quarterback Geno Smith. The electrifying signal-caller has been a doozy for virtually every defense he has faced, and coming off a record-setting performance against Baylor, Smith has cemented himself in the Heisman race.

Texas returns to Austin after a critical win on the road against Oklahoma State. Its offense has taken huge leaps from its humble beginnings dating back to last season, but surprisingly to most, the Horns defense has been having a plethora of issues that are not only correctable but have yet to be corrected.

So enters Smith, a dual-threat quarterback who can sling it with the best and run it like a man cut loose. Obviously containing the superstar is an entire game plan in and of itself, but limiting Smith's production is a huge key toward attaining victory on Saturday.

There is little doubt that Smith will get his, but how much of it will be because of poor fundamentals on defense?

Here is a five-tool plan that will chip away at Smith's abilities to create magic with the ball in his hands.

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