Geno Smith
American football player, quarterback
Geno Smith
Eugene "Geno" Smith is an American football quarterback. He currently plays for the West Virginia Mountaineers in his junior year. He was the starter at West Virginia for the 2010-2011 season, and is the starter for the 2011-2012 season. In his freshman year at West Virginia University, Smith completed 32 of 49 passes for 309 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception, and rushing for 7 yards on 17 attempts as the backup to starting quarterback Jarrett Brown.
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Todd Bowles Should Not Be Fired
Huffington Post - 3 months
In many a Jets fan website, hotheads are clamoring for the head of NY Jets HC Todd Bowles. Fire him they insist and point out his coaching errors (not going for a fourth down here or a two-point conversion there, sticking to Ryan Fitzpatrick way past his expiration date, etc., etc.); and they darkly insinuate that he has lost the team (I am still waiting for conclusive evidence on this one). However, firing Bowles would be a huge mistake in my book. Now, I am not denying that the 2016 NY Jets are an awful team, one of the worst in the NFL. We struggled against the (still) winless Browns and had to go to OT to defeat the 49ers who last won in the season opener. This assessment will stand even in the unlikely occasion that we pick up one or more additional victories against the Buffalo Bills who are in turmoil with the rumored expected firing of Rex Ryan, the Miami Dolphins who probably had their QB Ryan Tannehill suffer a torn ACL or the indifferent New England Patriots who will ha ...
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Geno Smith has torn ACL, will miss rest of season
LATimes - 4 months
An MRI exam Monday revealed New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which means Ryan Fitzpatrick is back from the bench and will start Sunday against Cleveland. Smith, a second-round draft pick in 2013 who is scheduled to be a free agent after...
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Geno Smith Has Torn Knee Ligament; Jets Turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick Again
NYTimes - 4 months
Smith, who had replaced Fitzpatrick as the Jets starter last week, sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament against the Ravens.
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Jets QB Geno Smith replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick after suffering knee injury
Fox News - 4 months
Smith exited with a knee injury in the first half against the Ravens.
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Spiraling Jets May Have to Get Creative Against Ravens
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Geno Smith’s first start since 2014 isn’t the only headline in the Jets’ game against Baltimore on Sunday. In fact, it won’t matter much at all if the team’s once-touted defense can’t get its act together.
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Jets Reverse Engines, Embrace Geno Smith (for Now)
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Jets coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that quarterback Geno Smith is the only choice for the struggling Jets, and that backups Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg aren’t ready for the starting job.
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Geno Smith Replaces Ryan Fitzpatrick as Jets’ Quarterback
NYTimes - 4 months
Two days after saying Fitzpatrick would remain as the Jets’ starter, Coach Todd Bowles picked Smith to lead the offense Sunday against Baltimore.
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Geno Smith will start for the Jets in place of struggling quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick
LATimes - 4 months
Geno Smith will get another shot as starting quarterback for the New York Jets. Two days after Coach Todd Bowles declared the team would stick with struggling starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, that isn’t the case after all. The 1-5 Jets are turning to Smith, a second-round draft pick from 2013 who hasn’t...
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Geno Smith will start for the Jets in place of struggling quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick
LATimes - 4 months
Geno Smith will get another shot as starting quarterback for the New York Jets. Two days after Coach Todd Bowles declared the team would stick with struggling starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, that isn’t the case after all. The 1-5 Jets are turning to Smith, a second-round draft pick from 2013 who hasn’t...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Geno Smith
  • 2015
    Age 24
    This would turn out to be Smith's only appearance in a game in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details With Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signing with the Jets, Smith continued to remain in the backup role. Smith is a Christian and frequently posts about his faith on his Twitter account.
    On November 1, 2015, Smith entered the Jets' game against the Oakland Raiders in relief of Fitzpatrick, who left the game with an injured thumb.
    More Details Hide Details Smith threw 42 passing attempts, with 27 completions, two touchdowns, and one interception in the 20–34 loss.
    On August 11, 2015, Smith was involved in an altercation with IK Enemkpali in the locker room.
    More Details Hide Details Smith suffered a fractured jaw after Enemkpali punched him in the face. Smith was ruled out for 6–10 weeks, and Enemkpali was released by the Jets shortly thereafter. Two days later, Smith underwent surgery on his fractured jaw. Ryan Fitzpatrick surprisingly led the team to a 2–0 record while Smith was injured, so new head coach Todd Bowles decided to continue starting Fitzpatrick, even with Smith being healthy.
  • 2014
    Age 23
    For the 2014 season, Smith finished the season with 2,525 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions in 14 games (13 starts).
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    This was Smith's first perfect game, the sixth in Jets history, and the only one of the 2014 season.
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    On October 26, 2014 Smith went 2 for 8 and threw 3 interceptions before the end of the first quarter against the Bills and was subsequently benched in favor of Michael Vick.
    More Details Hide Details On the final regular season game at Miami, Smith lead the Jets to a 37-24 victory. Smith passed for a career high 358 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions, completing 20 passes out of 25 attempts for a perfect passer rating.
    On October 3, 2014, Smith was fined $12,000 for yelling profanity at fans while walking to the locker room during halftime in Week 4.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this incident, he was allowed to start in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers, in which he threw for only 27 yards with an interception and was benched for the second half in favor of Michael Vick as the Jets were decisively shut out 0–31. Prior to the Week 5 game, Smith missed a team meeting, eventually admitting that he went to a movie theater in San Diego, unaware that the eastern and pacific time zones had a 3-hour difference. Smith started in Week 6 against the Denver Broncos, throwing for 190 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 17–31 loss. During Thursday Night Football against the Patriots in Week 7, Smith threw for 226 yards and the Jets combined for 218 rushing yards but an ensuing game-winning drive fell short due to a blocked field goal as the Jets lost 25–27.
    Smith was named the starter for 2014 on August 22, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Smith opened the season passing for 221 yards and throwing a touchdown and an interception in a 19–14 victory over the Raiders. During Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, Smith passed for 176 yards and rushed for a touchdown but had an interception in the 24–31 loss. During Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears in Week 3, Smith's very first play resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown by Ryan Mundy. Smith finished the game with 316 passing yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions as the Jets lost to the Bears 19–27. During Week 4 against the Detroit Lions, Smith threw for 209 yards with an interception and a lost fumble during the 17–24 loss.
  • 2013
    Age 22
    Smith made his professional debut in the preseason on August 9, 2013 against the Detroit Lions.
    More Details Hide Details He completed 6 of 7 passes for 47 yards but left the game due to an ankle injury in the second quarter. X-rays showed no structural damage and Smith returned to practice on August 11. Smith started the Jets' third preseason game against the New York Giants completing 16 of 30 passes for 199 yards, a touchdown and four turnovers. Smith was named the team's starting quarterback on September 4 after Sanchez suffered a shoulder injury against the Giants. In his first regular season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Smith completed 24 of his 38 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown. With only a few seconds left in the fourth quarter, Smith was hit out of bounds by Lavonte David, which drew a late hit penalty and the Jets went on to score the game-winning field goal. In Week 2 against the New England Patriots, Smith struggled as he completed 15 of his 35 passes for 214 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions, as the Jets lost 10–13. In Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, Smith completed 16 of his 29 passes for 331 yards, rushing for a touchdown and passing for two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Jets won 27–20. Smith became the first rookie quarterback in franchise history to throw for 300 or more yards in a game.
    Smith signed a four-year $5 million contract on July 22, 2013 with approximately $690,000 in workout bonuses.
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    Smith fired his agency, Select Sports Group, upon the completion of the draft and sought new representation. He signed with Roc Nation Sports on May 22, 2013 with Kimberley Miale serving as his representative.
    More Details Hide Details Smith worked out in his home state of Florida during the offseason, prompting questions as to whether or not he had spurned Sanchez by not attending Sanchez's Jets West summer camp in California. Smith and Sanchez dismissed this notion with Sanchez saying that it was 'no big deal.'
    After the season, Smith officially announced to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Smith received an invitation to the Scouting Combine where his performance was well received by scouts who highlighted his athleticism and strong arm but noted his ball placement needed improvement. Smith was widely regarded as one of the top prospects alongside EJ Manuel of Florida State. In the days leading up to the draft, several NFL teams expressed interest in Smith including the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 1 selection), the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 2 selection), the Oakland Raiders (No. 3 selection), the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 4 selection), the Buffalo Bills (No. 8 selection), and the New York Jets (No. 9 and No. 13 selections). Smith was in attendance for the first round of the draft as many analysts and scouts expected him to be taken that night however he was not selected; EJ Manuel was the lone quarterback taken in the first round. Smith declined to be interviewed by ESPN afterwards and originally planned to return home but later decided to attend the second day of the draft. Several league executives alleged Smith did not handle the draft process in a professional manner which caused him to fall out of the first round while analysts pointed to his late-season decline as a senior at West Virginia, which exposed his flaws, as the primary reason. The following day, the Jets expressed interest in trading up in the second round to select Smith but couldn't consummate a trade.
  • 2012
    Age 21
    As a senior in 2012, Smith finished the season with 4205 passing yards, 42 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions.
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    In West Virginia's 70-33 rout of the Clemson Tigers in the 2012 Orange Bowl Smith tied three individual bowl records: most touchdown passes (six), most touchdowns overall (seven) and total points (42).
    More Details Hide Details Smith's 401 passing yards broke Tom Brady's Orange Bowl record of 396 that he set in the 2000 Orange Bowl. Smith also became the Big East single-season passing leader with 4,379 yards, breaking Brian Brohm's record that he set in 2007.
  • 2010
    Age 19
    2010 was Smith's first year as the starting quarterback.
    More Details Hide Details For the year, he completed 241 of 372 passes for 2763 yards, throwing 24 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, and rushing for 217 yards on 106 attempts. He got his first start in the season opener against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. He completed 20 of 27 passes for 216 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He led his team to a 31-0 victory over the Chanticleers. With the Mountaineers down 21-6 against in-state rival, Marshall, Smith led his team to a 4th quarter comeback victory. Smith led the first drive from the WVU 4-yard line. With help from senior running back Noel Devine, the Mountaineers cut Marshall's lead to 8 points. After the WVU defense stopped Marshall, a punt put the Mountaineers near their own end zone again, starting from the 2-yard line. After completing 9 of 13 passes and scrambling for 20 yards, Smith found tight end Will Johnson in the corner of the endzone for a touchdown. With Marshall still leading 21-19, Bill Stewart elected to go for the two-point conversion. Smith completed a pass to wide receiver Jock Sanders in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion. The Mountaineers went on to win the game in overtime by a score of 24-21. Smith finished the game completing 32 of 45 passes for 316 yards and one touchdown. He rushed for 13 yards on 14 attempts. After two games, Smith lead the Big East in passing yards and passing efficiency.
  • 2009
    Age 18
    Smith attended West Virginia University, where he played for the West Virginia Mountaineers football team from 2009 to 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He was an English major. Smith saw some action his freshman year as the backup behind senior Jarrett Brown. His first snap in a regular season game came against Auburn; he completed 5 of 8 passes for 50 yards and one interception. He would see action again against Syracuse, Marshall, Louisville, and in the Gator Bowl against Florida State. In his freshman year at West Virginia University, Smith completed 32 of 49 passes for 309 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception, and rushing for 7 yards on 17 attempts as the backup to starting quarterback Brown. He finished his freshman season with an 81.1 quarterback rating.
  • 2007
    Age 16
    He was also named Second Team All-Broward County as an athlete for 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Following his junior year he was invited to the prestigious Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Aliso Viejo, California. During Smith's senior season he led his team to the state 6A semi-finals and completed 205 of 338 passes for 3,089 yards and 30 touchdowns while also rushing for over 300 yards. He was an All-State First Team in Florida Class 6A and a Parade All-American. He was also the No. 1 rated player in Broward County according to the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun Sentinel and finished No. 2 in the voting for Mr. Florida. He finished his career as the third-best passer in Broward County history, and was named to the ESPN Top 150 prospects list. He chose to attend West Virginia over offers from Florida State, South Florida, Boston College and Alabama.
  • 1990
    Smith was born to Eugene Smith, Jr. and Tracy Seller in Miami, Florida on October 10, 1990.
    More Details Hide Details His great-uncle, Danny Smith was a record breaking All-American hurdler at Florida State, and his cousin Melvin Bratton was a star running back at Miami in the mid-1980s. He was admitted to Norland Middle School's magnet program, which dedicated two hours a day to arts instruction. He would go on to attend Miramar High School where he was coached by former Mountaineer Damon Cogdell. As a junior he passed for 2,200 yards 25 touchdowns and three interceptions and was named Second Team All-State QB.
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