MORGANTOWN - Geno Smith hasn't exactly turned into a workout machine, putting his body through torture each day just to see how much he can take.
Oh, the West Virginia quarterback is working hard, all right. He really doesn't have much choice given that that's what college football players do during the summer.
But while he might not be overdoing it, he's not being asked to take a step back this summer as he's had to do in each of the last two because of a pair of foot injuries.
Now, when the rest of the team sprints or runs the law school hill, Smith is right there with them.
"I'm doing drills I haven't done in like four years,'' Smith said. "It's great.''
But while working out and getting his body in shape for his junior season is all well and good, that's really not the primary focus for Smith this summer.
With a new offense installed by Dana Holgorsen installed in the spring, the primary focus for Smith this summer is polishing that. And that means working on timing.
"Our offense isn't really that complex,'' Smith said. "It's something that is very easy to get down. I think it's just about getting our timing better. If we get pinpoint timing then I feel like we'll be unstoppable in this offense.''
What that means for Smith and his receivers this summer is working as much as possible on running routes. They do it in seven-on-seven drills against the WVU secondary, they do one-on-one drills with defensive backs and they simply practice routes and timing with no defense.
"It's anything to get our timing down,'' Smith said.
There is, of course, a difference between seven-on-sevens in an empty stadium and without linemen to muddy the waters and doing the same thing in a packed stadium with the chaos of charging defensive ends and the like.
Still, Smith insists that none of that really matters all that much. If he and his receivers are on the same page, it shouldn't matter what else is going on around them.