The new guys: West Virginia's Geno Smith offers travel advice

by Jason Kersey Published: July 24, 2012

“From an East Coast standpoint, we don't do that on the East Coast. There's not as much spring football. There's not as much youth activities. And I think probably the differences are from a skill standpoint, they may not be as developed yet.”


West Virginia offensive lineman Joe Madsen was asked to reveal the worst place he played in the Big East.

“Rutgers,” he said without hesitation. “It was so cold; I almost froze to death. We had no heaters on the sideline. There were mountains of snow; it was fun to play in, but awful at the same time.”

Madsen was then asked if he preferred the sometimes brutal heat that he might encounter in Texas.

“I am a big boy at heart,” the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Madsen said with a laugh. “I like the colder weather, but that was just too much.”


Smith, from Miami, Fla., said he knows football in Texas is huge.

“I'm from Florida, and we have this rivalry with Texas,” Smith said.

“They get to play in all the big venues, and get all the love, but we have the better players obviously,” he added with a laugh.


West Virginia's mascot, The Mountaineer, became the star of Big 12 Media Days on Monday, with his musket, coonskin cap and buckskin attire.

Graduate student Jonathan Kimble, who portrays The Mountaineer, received high praise from his quarterback Tuesday.

“He's the best,” Smith said. “I'm hearing he's doing some really good things out here. That's pleasing, because he's making our program look good.”

When told that the mascot is predicting West Virginia to win the Big 12, Smith added, “That's what I'm talking about; that's what we need him to do.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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