Bill Stewart talks Geno Smith's availability

March, 29, 2011
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I caught up with West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart on Tuesday afternoon and will have a Q&A post with him very soon. In the meantime, I thought I'd share with you his comments on quarterback Geno Smith.

The rising junior, as you know, had surgery on his troublesome foot back in January. Smith has pronounced himself fit to participate in spring drills, though he was limited in last year's spring practice with the same problem. Here's what Stewart had to say about his quarterback entering spring practice, which begins Wednesday in Morgantown:

"He's ready to go. He's not going to be able to run. We're going to nurse that foot a little bit, make sure everything is good."

Stewart said Smith will do a little more than he did last spring, but won't do everything.

"Bootleg runs, nakeds -- we're not going to do things like that early in the spring," he said. "We'll just have to see how he progresses and then we'll add to his repertoire."

Having Smith run isn't as critical right now as having him available for all the throws he needs to make in learning offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen's offense. West Virginia will need a lot of reps, because there are only true freshmen behind him. Coley White, who played quarterback last season when Smith couldn't go, will work at inside receiver this spring, Stewart said.

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