He would seem to have plenty of chemistry with several of those receivers. Bailey and McCartney were his teammates in high school. Austin was his favorite target last year behind Jock Sanders. Urban and Nehlen had huge days in practice in the spring.
"I think over the years that I've been here I've developed great chemistry with all of our guys,'' Smith said. "We've all grown up here together. Tavon and I came in together. I've developed a great relationship with Bradley Starks, with Ryan Nehlen. I already knew Ivan and Stedman. We've all just become like brothers to the point where there's no difference.''
Know this, though: No one has any particular advantage because they might have an especially close off-field relationship with Smith. Holgorsen has seen it happen enough that he knows it doesn't work that way.
It's not something that can be forced. It just happens.
"It's not about being each other's buddies. Geno and Stedman Bailey grew up together. That doesn't mean they're going to have the type of connection that's going to be dynamic like the [Weeden-Blackmon] connection was last year,'' Holgorsen said. "They have to have a good connection on the field. Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree were the same way. They didn't hang out. They weren't buddies. But their rapport was unbelievable on the football field. Case had it with James Cleveland. They were opposites. They didn't hang out. But on the football field they read each other's minds.''
For the record, Weeden passed for 4,277 yards last season and Blackmon caught 111 passes for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns. The year before, Keenum passed for 5,671 yards at Houston and Cleveland caught 104 passes for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns. And in Holgorsen's final year at Texas Tech, 2007, Harrell threw for 5,705 yards and Crabtree caught 134 balls for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns.
There is no guarantee anyone will come close to those numbers this season at West Virginia, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out - and who emerges.
"It's fun to watch that happen,'' Holgorsen said. "But you can never really pinpoint when it's going to happen.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.