If so, that's trouble for the rest of the Big 12. Smith was the Orange Bowl MVP. He's set or tied 21 WVU single-game, season or career records. Last season, he was No. 5 nationally in passing yards per game (337.31 yard average) and eighth in total offense (334). In pass efficiency, he was No. 17 (152.6). The man threw for 4,385 yards in 13 games, the fourth-best total among all QBs.
"Ever since I've known Geno, he's been a great quarterback," Bailey said. "Over the years, his skills have gotten better. He's been going to a lot of different camps and has been working with a lot of different people.
"I would say he's at his peak right now. He's looking very good."
Bailey pointed to his favorite part of Smith's game.
"I like his pocket presence," said the redshirt junior. "He's pretty poised. There are some pretty big guys coming after him each and every play. He's able to keep his composure, stand in the pocket and deliver the ball."
"The thing I'm trying to do is become a better player, execute a little better," Smith said. "Whatever it takes. I want to try every day on the practice field to be perfect. I know that's impossible, but that's something we strive for."
What's been achieved is a fine career so far. The summer had to be a blast for the senior. Now it's "go time" again.
"I've always had fun," Smith said. "We're just getting more exposure. Entering into the Big 12, we have that target on our back. Guys are looking to see what we do now."
Especially No. 12.
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