|Geno Smith is coming off a season where he threw for 4,385 yards. (U.S. Presswire)|
As I wrote recently, Smith has some unique advantages when it comes to the Heisman race.
The most obvious is that he operates in a system that produces huge passing numbers. Another is that West Virginia is making the jump to the Big 12, which will allow Smith to play against more high-profile opponents than he was able to in the Big East. The last time the country saw him, he was leading his team to a 70-33 pasting of Clemson. Now, they'll get to see how well he can do against the likes of Texas, Oklahoma and TCU. Voters will be paying close attention to those games.
He threw for 4,385 yards and 31 touchdowns in his first year in Dana Holgorsen's offense and he should improve upon those numbers in 2012, especially with a great group of receivers at his disposal. At the same time, Smith must push his team to new heights -- a Big 12 title, perhaps? -- in order to have a chance to win the Heisman.
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