30 of 43, 338 yards, 3 TD’s, and 0 Int’s. That was Geno Smith’s statline for Saturday’s game against Maryland. The critics are squelching his Heisman bid because of this ‘off’ performance. I guess when you have put up the gaudy numbers Smith has over a four game stretch, that could be considered ‘off’.
No doubt Maryland was the most game opponent Smith has faced this season, but dating back to January’s Orange Bowl Smith has posted 18 TD’s to 0 INT’s. Not bad for a guy many are considering as the top Heisman candidate at this early juncture. Criticizing Smith for his Maryland performance is like picking out flaws in a Victoria’s Secret magazine.
I have recently taken some criticism for a mock draft that featured Geno Smith taken ahead of Matt Barkley with the second overall selection. Emails reading “system QB” and “Pat White” littered my inbox as Smith ‘struggled’ through Saturday. There is little doubt that Smith didn’t post his finest performance on Saturday, he would be the first to admit as he did in the postgame conference. That said, there was a lot to like about Smith’s Maryland performance.
Thanks to my friends at draft breakdown.com I submit a video review of the reasons why I hold Smith in the esteem that I do.
As West Virginia frequently does, they run trips to the boundary with a one-on-one matchup to the field. Maryland loads the box with seven defenders, clearly showing blitz. With no safety help, Smith knows he won’t have time to set his feet to get this throw off. Read the rest of this entry » «Geno Smith Film Session»