"I will be participating in the spring, and from what I’m told I’m full go when spring comes,” Smith said. “As far as the doctor tells me, my foot is pretty much healed.”
Smith had surgery on his troublesome left foot in January. The same foot problem forced him to sit out many of last spring's drills, and he played through a stress fracture last season.
It would be huge for West Virginia to have a healthy Smith for spring practice, which opens March 28, because the junior needs time to learn Dana Holgorsen's new offense.
However, expect the Mountaineers to remain extremely cautious with their star quarterback, especially with only two true freshmen behind him.
"Geno isn't expected to take every snap as it is," Holgorsen told the Charleston Gazette. "He may take 33 percent of the snaps. As the spring goes on, that may increase to 66 percent."
Holgorsen also announced that starting tackles Don Barclay and Jeff Braun won't be available for full spring work because of offseason shoulder surgeries.