Smith is well on his way

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It’s rather hard to believe it’s already time to start talking football again.

There is going to be a lot to focus on, from HHS trying to build on an extremely successful 2012 season, to the Mountaineers looking to replace 3 stars and contend in the BIG 12 to the local professional teams starting training camp soon.

I’m going to concentrate on all angles of the 2013 fall football season here in about 2 weeks, so stay tuned for that. But today I wanted to highlight something that former WVU QB Geno Smith did that made me happy.

Smith was ripped by the media for his attitude leading up to, during and following this April’s NFL draft.

Though he was hoping to be a top pick, he tumbled out of first round and landed in a place where the lights don’t get any hotter— New York City.

Depending on who you talk to, Smith is either going to replace embattled and, if you ask me, washed up incumbent QB Mark Sanchez, or he’s going to back him up for at least 1 year.

I think the Jets are idiots if they resort back to Sanchez, who is more famous for hanging his head after interceptions than he is for just about anything else.

Smith took a step in the right direction this week when he turned down an invitation to participate in Jets West, a pre-training camp gathering put on by Sanchez at his old high school designed to increase chemistry with the offensive players.

Smith said no, stayed in Florida to work out on his own, and good for him that he did.

Look, I’m all for team chemistry, but why should Smith travel across the country to submit to following the workout desires of the guy he is hoping to replace?

Smith stuck to his own regimen and should be doing everything in his power to get ready to kick Sanchez’s butt when training camp begins.

I think it’s going to be one of the better stories coming out of any training camp, and even though the Jets don’t say so, I think he has the advantage.

Smith has the opportunity to step in and lead a team that is desperate for it.

I don’t get on board with the people that say Sanchez is the guy and point to the consecutive AFC Championship game appearances a few years ago.

You or I could have QB’d for those defensively stout teams. Sanchez’s job wasn’t to win,. It was to pilot the offense well enough and let the defense win the games.

He’s stunk the past several seasons, and Smith is in a position to put his money where his mouth has been.

As I’ve said before, I’m a Maryland transplant who didn’t really have much interest in college football until last season.

The reason for that is the BCS. Learning about and following WVU last season opened my eyes a bit. Once the playoff system is initiated I think I’ll be even more interested.

I had the pleasure of seeing Smith and Tavon Austin live several times last year.  They are bona fide stars in the making. They gave me chills just watching the big plays unfold.

I think success for them is nearly promised if they work to unlock their big potential. We are less than 2 months away from week 1 of the NFL season.

I hope, and feel strongly that Smith will seize the day late this summer and show us all that the Jets made the right move in drafting him.

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