The West Virginia Mountaineers lost at home to the Texas Christian Horned Frogs yesterday, marking the first time they’ve lost three straight games since 2004. During this game, WVU QB Geno Smith threw his third interception of the season, and struggled with accuracy throughout the game.
There were times when Smith looked like the Heisman candidate he was at the beginning of the season. He threw some passes that split coverage and allowed only his receiver a chance to catch the ball.
However, he also threw an interception deep down field that didn’t come anywhere near the receiver he was aiming for.
He ended the game with 32 completions out of 54 attempts, for 260 yards, 3 TDs and an interception.
This brings a question to mind. What’s wrong with Geno?
It’s like he’s a completely different QB since he played the Texas Tech Red Raiders and lost his first game. Since then, he’s thrown 3 interceptions, thrown into coverage, stared down receivers, thrown uncatchable passes, etc.
I know Geno Smith is better than the way he’s been playing. At the beginning of the season he made passes that looked physically impossible. He made defenses look silly.
I’ve already mentioned Smith’s ridiculous stat line at the beginning of the season when I incorrectly predicted a bounce back that would win him the Heisman. Therefore, I won’t bore everyone with those stats again.
However, since beating the Texas Longhorns, Smith has 83 completions on 142 attempts, 681 yards, 5 TDs and 3 INTs.
That may sound good, but let’s remember Smith had 45 completions on 51 attempts, 656 yards and 8 TDs against the Baylor Bears alone.
It’s gotten to the point where I’m starting to wonder if he’s injured and not telling anyone. I can’t imagine why else he would be struggling as much as he is. He seems rattled, and like he’s afraid to throw downfield.
I’m sure defenses have figured him out this late in the season, but that shouldn’t completely shut him down. I’ve seen him throw screen passes at the receiver’s feet and force passes that he just wouldn’t have made a few weeks ago.
Quarterbacks don’t go from automatic Heisman winner to average overnight. There has to be a reason. I used to think it was because the defense wasn’t feeding the offense, as they had been particularly bad in past weeks, but against TCU, the defense played exceptionally well with the exception of one blown play. Smith still had trouble directing the offense downfield.
If anyone has any ideas about why Smith has struggled as of late, send them to me on Twitter at @MikeAtkinsonRS, or comment below. I’m out of ideas.