MORGANTOWN - Even Jake Spavital, whose charge it is to make Geno Smith a better quarterback day in and day out, had to admit that the glaring weaknesses in his game have dwindled considerably.
Or at least that's the case based on what he saw Saturday.
Oh, he didn't do so willingly, mind you. Coaches never do. No matter how ridiculously efficient the performance, there's always room for improvement.
So when Spavital, West Virginia's young quarterbacks coach, was quizzed on what to do in order to make Smith's 32-for-36, 323-yard, four-touchdown passing performance against Marshall even better, he was quick with the answer.
"What do I do?'' Spavital said, repeating the question. "Well, he could have been 36 for 36.''
Dig a little deeper, though, and one finds that even Spavital is unable to find much fault at all in a performance in which Smith threw as many touchdowns as incompletions. In fact, he can't even fault Smith for completing "only'' 88.9 percent of his passes.
"Two of them we thought were drops and two of them I thought he was being smart and throwing it away,'' Spavital said of Smith's four failed passes. "So yeah, that was pretty much perfect, although you can never say that.
"You can always keep improving.''
True. There's no such thing as perfection. OK, so this Smith-led offense is averaging 69.5 points and 622 yards over the last two games. And yes, he's completed 81 percent of his passes for 730 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions against Clemson in the Orange Bowl and Marshall in Saturday's 69-34 season opener. To boot, Smith is averaging 7 yards on his 13 rushes and hasn't been sacked.
Even his decision making has been nearly flawless. Think about this stat: Eight different players combined to score WVU's 10 touchdowns against Marshall (in the Orange Bowl it was six players combining for 10 scores). Even throwing out Isaiah Bruce's fumble return, that's seven offensive players scoring - Shawne Alston and Stedman Bailey twice each, Smith, Tavon Austin, Andrew Buie, J.D. Woods and K.J. Myers.
"I think that's a pretty impressive stat right there,'' Spavital said. "It means a lot of kids are getting a lot of touches.''