MORGANTOWN?- West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen isn't surprised that his quarterback is putting up the kind of statistics that he has through the first two games.
But the coach quickly admits to being amazed that Geno Smith has just nine incompletions, the same as the number of touchdown passes.
"I haven't been around a guy who has put up numbers like that," Holgorsen said during Monday's Big 12 Conference coaches' teleconference. "It's going to get harder this week. But if he can continue to do that against (the tougher competition), then it's something special. He is a very motivated, competitive kid."
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
WVU?quarterback Geno Smith runs in for a score during the Mountaineers’ win over Marshall. The senior quarterback has put up some impressive numbers through the first two games this season.
Smith has completed 66 of his 75 passes, throwing for 734 yards along the way. His 411-yard game this past Saturday against James Madison earned him his second national award in as many games. He was a Manning Award Star in a game which saw him complete 34-of-39 passes.
"I could have completed those passes," Smith said following the game. "I'm feeling a lot more comfortable in this offense."
Smith has also ran for 83 yards on just 10 carries, an aspect coach Holgorsen cautiously enjoys.
"He's not getting caught with the ball, and he's extending the play," the coach said.
But, he warns, don't call Smith a running quarterback.
"We could do some things that would get him the label of a running quarterback," Holgorsen said. "But that's not our offense. Our offense isn't going to put that tag on him."
Part of Smith's success has come from him taking care of the football.
"He's preventing sacks, and he's getting out of situations," Holgorsen said. "Something happens to guys when they become seniors. Geno's bigger, faster and he's more confident. It's been fun watching that translate into games."
The defense blocking him from the gaudy statistics will be a little tougher Saturday, as the Mountaineers take on border rival Maryland at noon in Morgantown. The game will be televised on FX.
It is also Hall of Fame Day in Morgantown. West Virginia University will hold its 22nd annual Sports Hall of Fame induction on Saturday prior to the WVU-Maryland football game.
Induction ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility. The public is invited to attend and the event is free.
The 2012 class includes Katie Barnes (women's soccer), Dan Cavanaugh (swimming), Ben Dunkerley (football), Bo Orlando (football), Ed Pastilong (administration/football), Lee Patrone (basketball) and Maurice Robinson (basketball). This class brings the number of total inductees to 141.