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Geno
Smith
Class: Sr.
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Sport: Football
Position: QB

Biography


- Three-year starting quarterback
- Played in 31 career games and started 26 straight

2011 (Jr.)
- Started all 13 games
- 2012 Discover Orange Bowl MVP
- All-BIG EAST First Team (coaches, Phil Steele, and ESPN.com)
- All-ECAC Offense
- No. 4-best performance by a quarterback in a bowl (collegesportsnews.com)
- All-Bowl Team (CBSSPorts.com and ESPN.com)
- BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (Maryland, Louisville)
- WVU Offensive Champion: Marshall, Cincinnati
- Set or tied 21 WVU single-game, season or career records
- Set five Orange Bowl records
- Set four WVU bowl records
- Tied three NCAA all-time bowl records
- WVU and BIG EAST single-season passing leader (4,385 yards)
- Tied WVU single-season passing touchdown record (31)
- Set WVU touchdowns responsible for season record (33)
- Ranked No. 5 nationally in passing average (337.31 avg./g) and eighth in total offense (334.ypg); ranked first in the BIG EAST in both categories
- Also ranked No. 17 in the NCAA, No. 1 in the BIG EAST, in passing efficiency (152.6)
- Threw for 4,385 yards in 13 games, the fourth-best total in NCAA in 2011
- Finished with four 400-yard passing games on the season and for his career and a BIG EAST single-season record of eight 300-yard passing games
- Went 32-43 for 407 yards and accounted for seven touchdowns (six passing, one rush) in 70-33 Orange Bowl victory
- Six passing TDs tied WVU record, first set by Marc Bulger vs. Pitt in 1998
- Six passing TDs also set a BCS and Orange Bowl record and tied overall bowl record
- 407 passing yards set Orange Bowl record, as did 433 yards of total offense
- Set Orange Bowl records for TDs responsible for (7) and points responsible for (42)
- Orchestrated come-from-behind and game-winning drives in back-to-back series in the game’s final minutes at USF
- Had 14-game streak of throwing at least one touchdown pass snapped in win at USF
- Completed 71 percent of his passes in win over Pitt, going 22-for-31 for 244 yards and one TD
- Tallied 379 yards and one touchdown on 29 completions in win at Cincinnati
- Threw for 410 yards on 31 completions and for three touchdowns in loss to Louisville
- Passing total against the Cardinals ranks fifth on the Mountaineer all-time chart
- Fought the elements and completed 20 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns at Rutgers
- Scored first career rushing TD on a 1-yard scamper at RU
- Completed 24 passes on 41 attempts for 338 yards and two touchdowns at Syracuse
- Tallied 450 passing yards on 27 completions against UConn, the second-best career and program total
- Connected with Stedman Bailey on a career-long 84-yard TD pass against UConn; the score was WVU’s all-time fifth-longest from scrimmage
- Had efficient day against Bowling Green, going 18-for-30 with three touchdowns in three quarters
- Threw for WVU single-game best 463 yards on a career- and program-best 38 completions against LSU; also tallied a career- and program-best 65 pass attempts; his attempts were the fourth-most of any QB in 2011
- Finished with 468 total yards of offense against LSU, a WVU single-game best mark
- His performance against the Tigers is the NCAA’s 20th-best total offense game and 17th-best passing yardage game in 2011
- Threw 36 completions on 49 passing attempts for 388 yards at Maryland
- Threw for 371 yards and four TDs vs. Norfolk State

2010 (So.)
- Started all 13 games
- All-Big East First Team by ESPN.com, rivals.com and Phil Steele and second team by Big East coaches
- Averaged just one interception every 53.1 attempts
- No. 1 in the Big East in pass efficiency, No. 2 in passing yards per game, total offense per game and points responsible for (148)
- Big East Offensive Champion: Maryland, Cincinnati
- WVU Offensive Champion: Marshall, USF, Cincinnati, Rutgers
- Connected on 241-of-372 passes for 2,763 yards for the year, 24 touchdowns, only seven interceptions and a long of 71 yards
- Was first WVU quarterback to throw for more than 2,500 yards since 1998
- Threw multiple touchdowns in seven games
- Season-high 32-of-45 passes for 316 yards at Marshall, a touchdown and a long of 30
- Threw for 219 yards on 24-of-31 passes against USF, two touchdowns and a long of 32
- Threw for a career-high 352 yards on 23-of-28 passes with a touchdown and a long of 46 against Rutgers in the season finale

2009 (Fr.)
- Played in five games
- Completed 32-of-49 passes for 309 yards, a touchdown and a long completion of 33 yards
- Came off the bench early in the Marshall game when quarterback Jarrett Brown left the game with a concussion and completed 15-of-21 passes for 147 yards, a touchdown and a long of 33

High School
- Coached by former Mountaineer Damon Cogdell at Miramar High
- Named to the Parade High School All-American team
- EA Sports All-American Second Team
- Finished No. 2 in the voting for Mr. Florida
- Florida Class 6A All-State First Team
- Sun Sentinel Florida Class 6A Player of the Year
- Participated in the “Elite 11” football camp in California
- ESPN Top 150 prospects
- No. 1-rated player in Broward County according to the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel
- Led Miramar High to an 8-2 record and a No. 5 ranking in Broward County by the Sun-Sentinel
- Completed 205-of-308 passes for 3,089 yards and 32 touchdowns and rushed for more than 300 yards
- Finished his career as the third-best passer in Broward County history

Personal
- Birthday is Oct. 10
- Son of Geno Smith, Jr., and Tracey Sellers
- One of four children
- Cousin of former Miami star Melvin Bratton
- Majoring in English

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