Much has been made about how much more fluently the West Virginia offense will run in the program's second year under head coach Dana Holgorsen.
It wasn't like the Mountaineers exactly struggled when they had the ball last season, as evidenced by the bowl-record 70 points and 589 yards WVU hung on Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Still, a lot of that success was attributed to a couple of extra weeks worth of practice the team got due to bowl preparations, and most agree the offense finally hit its stride toward the end of last year.
Now, at the beginning of spring practices, quarterback Geno Smith said he feels much more relaxed and at home in year two under Holgorsen.
"I feel much more seasoned," Smith said. "I'm not trying to figure things out like I was last spring. I have a better understanding of the offense and I can teach the younger guys a little bit more than I was able to in the past."
For Holgorsen, getting to enter year two with the same set of players is a semi-new concept in itself after making the jump from offensive coordinator at Houston to offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State to head coach at West Virginia in consecutive seasons.
Holgorsen said a little familiarity has been a welcome change so far this spring.
"It felt good. I probably did less coaching [at Sunday's opening spring practice] than I've done the last three springs," Holgorsen said. "It was like it was with [quarterback] Case Keenum coming back at Houston. After you've coached him for a year, you didn't have to tell him a whole bunch.
"Geno looked poised, so we didn't have to say a whole lot to him. It helps to have four linemen coming back that know what to do, five if you add Quinton Spain in there who took snaps for us."
Smith backed up his coaches' sentiments, saying he was pretty pleased with his early spring performance.
"Overall, I think I'm doing a great job at making my reads, progressions, timing and footwork," Smith said. "I'm making sure I understand what I have to do as a leader, and I'm making sure the offense runs at a good tempo."