Here it is, the much anticipated Jets By The Numbers on our future at QB, Geno Smith.
Geno Smith played four full seasons of Big East football at the University of West Virginia. During his tenure with the Mountaineers, he accumulated 11,662 passing yards, 98 passing TDs, 21 interceptions, 342 rushing yards, and 4 rushing TDs.
2009 Freshman Season: Geno Smith didn’t start at all his freshman season, playing back-up to QB Jarrett Brown. With the little opportunity he had, he had 309 passing yards, 1 TD to 1 interception, and 7 rushing yards.
2010 Sophomore Season: Smith would begin his starting career in his sophomore season. As a starter during his sophomore year with the Mountaineers, Smith racked up 2,763 passing yards, 24 passing TD's to 7 interceptions, and 217 rushing yards. Geno won two Big East Offensive Player of the Week awards during his sophomore year. Geno Smith finished the season ranked #1 in the Big East in pass completions, completion percentage, and passing efficiency rating.
2011 Junior Season: Smith once again impressed during his junior season, accumulating 4,385 passing yards, 31 passing TD's to 7 interceptions, and 2 rushing TDs. During the Mountaineers’ Orange Bowl victory over the Clemson Tigers, Geno Smith broke a few individual bowl records. The records broken were: most TD passes (6), most total TD's (7), total points by an individual (42), and most passing yards (401). Geno Smith finished the season ranked #1 in the Big East in pass completions, pass attempts, completion percentage, passing yards, passing yards per attempt, passing TD's, passing efficiency rating, total yards, total yards per play, and total TD's.
2012 Senior Season: Even after impressing in his junior season, Geno would keep the train moving in his senior season. Smith put together an outstanding 2012 campaign, accumulating 4,205 passing yards, 42 passing TD's to 6 interceptions, 151 rushing yards, and 2 rushing TDs. During his game against Baylor, Smith threw for 45 completions, 656 yards, and 8 TD's. (All of which were Mountaineer records.) Geno Smith finished the season ranked #1 in the Big East in completion rating, passing yards per attempt, passing TD's, passing efficiency rating, and total TD's. Remarkably, Geno Smith finished #1 overall in the NCAA in passing TDs.
My Take: Geno Smith is an exceptional passer with a flamethrower arm and incredible accuracy. Although he is not known for his running abilities, he can surely scramble away for huge gains if he needs to. He is a pass-first quarterback that will work great in our new west coast offensive scheme. I fully expect for to be our week 1 starter and to start rolling out of the gate. Geno Smith has all the tools to be a great quarterback in the NFL.