Since Geno Smith’s extra 20-pounds first became apparent back in July, we've been waiting to see what it might do for his game.
Saturday against Marshall it looked like it made a world of difference.
Smith, who was 32-of-36 for 323 yards, also rushed for 65 yards on eight carries, and ran in a TD on a broken play.
His QB Coach Jake Spavital said the two talked about it after the game, when Smith reported he felt significantly stronger.
“He came down on the sidelines and he was like ‘I just feel a lot stronger.’ And you can tell,” said Spavital. “I think that he’s a confident kid to begin with. But being that strong now and putting on the weight, I think he’s even more confident.
“You can tell what a healthy off-season has done for the kid.”
In short, he just looked stronger, particularly when running the ball.
Players were not available this week for interviews.
Following the game on Saturday Smith did say he was happy with his performance but that the offense had a few things to work on still, namely ball security after fumbling twice (and recovering twice.)
Smith hauled in a pair of awards this week:
*Named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.
*Named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week.