"He's always been a guy - and he's been this way forever - that bounces up and down through the halls with a ball in his hands, but he never wanted to pick up a weight. That's just the way he's been,'' Holgorsen said. "He'd rather look in there and watch film than to get down [to the weight room] and do push-ups. But he physically needed to get a little bit bigger.''
Again, perhaps not for his final year of college, but beyond. And it can't hurt in college.
"You look at Andrew Luck. He's a pretty big specimen,'' Holgorsen said of the NFL's top draft pick out of Stanford, who is 6-4 and 235 pounds. "Look at Robert Griffin (6-2, 223) and [Oklahoma State's] Brandon Weeden (6-4, 221). The NFL's going to judge you on measurables. So if the NFL's in Geno's future it's probably a pretty good idea.''
Getting bigger, of course, isn't the only key to advancement beyond the college game. Smith also spent time this summer away from Morgantown studying the game and his position.
He went to two quarterback camps as a counselor this month, the Elite 11 camp in California just last week and the Manning Passing Academy with Peyton and Eli Manning in Louisiana before that. Smith won't talk about specifics, but he says he learned some things from the Mannings "that I'm going to implement in my game this year.''
"It's all about the mental side of football, all about the professional side of it, making sure I'm a professional on and off the field,'' Smith said. "It's about studying this game as much as I can and improving on what I've been doing.''
As for his size, Smith said last year he lost weight during the season and doesn't want that to happen again. But even if it does, losing from 225 is better than losing from 215.
"In the Orange Bowl I finished the season around 205, 207, just because I'd lost some weight. I started at about 215 and lost the weight during the season,'' said Smith, who joked that he hadn't been eating that much more, at least until arriving in Dallas on Monday. "Now I'm going in around 225. I've been working extremely hard in the weight room.''
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