Geno's ex-mates question team leadership
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SANCHEZ vs. SMITH: WHO'S WINNING?
Sunday's advantage: Smith
Mark Sanchez's day: Working with the backups, he was 3-for-9 with one TD and one sack. No turnovers. Victimized by a drop.
Geno Smith's day: Despite a gimpy ankle, he showed arm strength and accuracy inside the 30, throwing four TDs. Was 7-for-10 with one sack and one bad interception.
Quote: "I pride myself on being out there at all times, and one little ankle injury wasn't going to stop me from practicing with my teammates." -- Smith
No one singled out Smith by name, but he was the quarterback and a team leader, along with receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
"Last year we didn't have, you know, a lot of leadership," junior RB Dustin Garrison told the newspaper.
The Mountaineers blazed to a 5-0 start, but finished 7-6. Smith absorbed a lot of criticism for the second-half skid, but the defense allowed 50 points per game during that span.
Another damning quote came from junior OL Quinton Spain, who said: "What's different this year is we're more a team. There ain't no I's; we don't depend on nobody. We just depend on all of us at once as a team. So I think this year will be better than last year. There wasn't no team. I could say there was a team early, but once we started losing we saw the I's come up, so it just hurt the team worse."
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