West Virginia Mountaineers: Replacing Stars Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey

By jameskelleher
Charles LeClaire- USA Today Sports

In 2012, the West Virginia Mountaineer offense was one of the most explosive in the country as it averaged 330.2 yards passing and 39.5 points. Leading the pack was quarterback Geno Smith and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, all three of whom were drafted in this year’s NFL Draft. These three playmakers made up a large percentage of the West Virginia offense. With all three gone, the Mountaineers look for new playmakers to step up.

Andrew Buie — WR/RB: This sophomore out of Jacksonville, Florida has been a role player up until now for the Mountaineers with 1023 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. However, with the top two players at his position gone, look for Andrew to step up and play a huge role.

Clint Trickett — QB: The 6’3, 185-pound transfer from Florida State University was a backup quarterback for the most of his career. But he has been known to be a mobile playmaker at his position. Although there is a quarterback battle in the midst of Morgantown, I believe Trickett will come out on top and lead the Mountaineers.

Paul Millard — QB: 6’1, 221-pound Millard was heavily recruited out of the Texas private Catholic school pipeline. Millard was second on the depth chart last year behind the man himself, Geno Smith. Millard saw little action as a QB his freshman year, but took advantage of his opportunites. Millard is currently competing with Clint Trickett for the starting spot, but without a doubt will see some action this year.

With Geno, Tavon, and Stedman the Mountaineers are ready for new superstars to arise. Buie, Trickett, and Millard are ready to burst on the scene as the new household names in Morgantowns and are ready to shoulder the burden of replacing the stars.

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