Big 12 Player of the Week: Week 5
October, 1, 2012
By David Ubben | ESPN.com
Let's make this quick, is there any doubt Geno Smith is getting this? There shouldn't be.
Smith had the best performance of the week, racking up 656 yards on 45-of-51 passing with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. That's easily the best performance of any player in the Big 12 all season.
Baylor's defense? We know it's not great, but Smith's day still ranks among the best performances we've ever seen in this league. The games that jump out to me? Vince Young's night in the national championship game back in 2005. Ndamukong Suh's night in the 2009 Big 12 title game. Plenty of Sam Bradford's performances.
Smith's day didn't have the significance of any of those games. The stage wasn't there. The opponent was top 25 Baylor, a great offense with a bad defense, and Smith's own defense's shortcomings necessitated his record-setting performance.
Smith threw more touchdowns than incompletions yet again, and threw for more yards than all but four quarterbacks in Division I history, including Texas Tech's B.J. Symons. He set school records for completions (45) and touchdowns.
To this point, Smith's numbers surpass that of last year's Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III. His completion percentage is higher. He's got more scores.
Saturday, that was all on display. West Virginia would surely like to prevent Smith from needing to do what he did every week, but Smith proved that if it's needed, he can answer. He may have to do it again soon, and we'll all be better off for having watched it.
Smith's closest competition for this award was Terrance Williams, narrowly edging out Nick Florence and Smith's teammate, Stedman Bailey.
Ultimately, though, there was no competition.
Smith showed us a lot on Saturday, and the best news? We'll get to watch him suit up plenty more times this season.