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Record-breaking day nets Geno Smith Walter Camp honor

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You could see this one coming about midway through the third quarter, if not earlier.

Thanks to a day that seemingly saw a record broken every time he passed the football, West Virginia’s Geno Smith has been named the Walter Camp Foundation FBS Offensive Player of the Week for his stunning Week 5 performance.  Shattered and/or shattered school and Big 12 marks were littered amongst the 70-63 shootout win over Baylor as the junior completed 45-of-51 passes for 656 yards and eight touchdowns.

Smith, who was recognized by the Camp Award in Week 1 too, also extended his streak of not throwing an interception to 222 attempts.  His last pick?  With 9:56 left in the fourth quarter of WVU’s win over USF Dec. 1, 2011.

On the other side of the ball, Penn State’s Michael Mauti took home Camp Defensive Player of the Week honors.  The linebacker was credited with six tackles, including a half quarterback sack, and recorded two interceptions, one of which will live in YouTube infamy.

Below is the year-to-date list of weekly 2012 Camp honorees:

Week 1: West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner
Week 2: Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning, Georgia linebackerJarvis Jones
Week 3
: Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o
Week 4
: Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson and Western Michigan linebacker Desmond Bozeman
Week 5
: West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti

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5 Responses to “Record-breaking day nets Geno Smith Walter Camp honor”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 30, 2012 7:39 PM

    From my personal observations of seeing Geno in action against my alma mater LSU, I have since that time proclaimed Geno as one of the best throwers/QBs I have seen. Geno can and does throw passes that few other QBs can throw, with a touch which enables his receivers to catch them. Some passes I saw him throw had to be thrown perfectly, and I do not mean near perfect, but perfectly in order for this receiver to catch it and the pass not to be intercepted by the safety or cornerback and yet Geno makes that throw readily.

    Lest anyone post snide comments on this forum and this thread about WVU not having much of a defense, that is not Geno’s fault, nor can he do anything about that.

    Geno deserves this award for the second time this season, but it may not be his last occasion to win this particular award and may well win the most prestigious award of them all, the Heisman.

    Best to you Geno, from a LSU Tiger!

  2. whoisedgy says: Sep 30, 2012 8:37 PM

    In addition to being a great quarterback with amazing touch and field savvy, Geno is a humble and articulate young man.

    While the Mountaineer defense is suspect and must improve if they want to challenge in the Big 12 and BCS, give Baylor its due. They have a terrific offense and just might be the best offense WVU faces all year.

  3. deadeye says: Sep 30, 2012 9:39 PM

    Geno Smith will be the #1 overall pick for the Cleveland Browns next April.

  4. thraiderskin says: Oct 1, 2012 10:48 AM

    He looks amazing… I’m not sure of any other way to describe his play.

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Oct 1, 2012 11:07 AM

    We played against him. His team lost, twice. But his play, his talent, his tenacity, and competitiveness, and more made us admire him even more….

    I think you have it right…amazing…that says it all.

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