WVU records are not safe
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 07:09
I wonder if Geno Smith carries a pen on him at all times. At the rate the senior quarterback and Miramar, Fla., native seems to be writing and rewriting the record books with each passing game, it would seem to make sense.
My guess is he keeps a Sharpie tucked into his sock; that’s the only way he could have stopped and revised the books as the all-time leader in passing touchdowns in school history midway through the Marshall game, right?
Seriously, it’s alarming how many records are falling with each passing week.
First, he set the record for most pass completions. Then, it was most passing touchdowns – all before the end of the first week of the season. Saturday, he could set two more as he sits 40 pass attempts and 373 passing yards away from usurping Marc Bulger for two more records.
When does it end?
And, 297 snaps from now, Smith will surpass pass Pat White as the leader for most plays. By that time, he may be able to rack up 2,945 more yards to break White’s record for total offense.
No sophomore generated more total offense than Geno Smith did his second season on campus. The same can be said for his junior campaign, the first under Holgorsen, in which Smith compiled 4,352 yards of total offense – his best statistical season – 837 more than Marc Bulger did in his junior year.
And to think, Smith has thrown only 15 interceptions in his career. That is less than double Bulger’s 34 interceptions, or even Oliver Luck – who tossed 45 interceptions in his successful career as a Mountaineer.
Precise, efficient and deadly is how Smith is being described after the Mountaineers’ first game romp of Marshall. That makes sense, considering he is on track to be the most efficient and accurate passer in West Virginia history.
Entering the season, Smith was less than one point behind Jake Kelchner as the Mountaineers’ all-time leader in passing efficiency. He also led Pat White (.654-.648) in completion percentage – at the rate he’s going, that distance should increase.
The best thing about Smith’s all-out assault on the career record books is his teammates are benefiting.
Senior inside receiver Tavon Austin is 32 receptions behind Jock Sanders and 431 receiving yards away from David Saunders in his quest to set that pair of records.
Austin and redshirt junior Stedman Bailey both have 18 career touchdown receptions – five behind all-time leader Cedric Thomas – and Bailey still has a year left to play, assuming he doesn’t enter the NFL draft.
By now you’re probably getting sick of the statistics, so I’ll stop counting them off. My point, though, is that this offense is so prolific and so explosive that we’re witnessing history every week it takes the field.
There’s no telling what eye-popping feats Mountaineer fans will see over the course of this season. Awards, attention and victories will continue to accumulate as expectations continue to rise with each future touchdown.
It’s impossible to tell how long this ride will last. At any time, an injury, an off-field event or other unforeseen happening could derail this record-setting ride to the top of the Big 12 conference.
For now, all we can do is sit back and watch Smith, Holgorsen and the rest of the Mountaineers do what they do best – excite fans and leave wet ink all over the record books.