On The Mend

In what was welcome news for West Virginia football fans (and the most significant development to come out of Wednesday's media luncheon with the Mountaineers' coaches), quarterback Geno Smith told media members he expects to be "full go" for spring practice, as recovery from surgery on the broken bone in his foot has gone well.

Smith strolled into the Touchdown Terrace area of Milan Puskar Stadium confidently on Wednesday. The rising junior was still in a protective boot on his left foot, but he did not need the aid of crutches to walk.

For the past two weeks, the WVU signal-caller has been able to walk without crutches, and he has participated in many of the team's informal offseason activities during that time.

"I'm pretty much doing everything with the rest of the guys except for the running and cutting aspect," Smith said. "I do 7-on-7s ... I do pretty much everything the other quarterbacks do."

With his recovery ahead of schedule, Smith is now beginning to focus on learning new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen's system and preparing himself for spring practice -- something that he, even as a junior, has never fully experienced before (after he was limited last year while he recovered from his initial foot surgery).

Holgorsen, who will serve as Smith's position coach as well as the man calling the plays, has already begun to develop a rapport with his starting quarterback.

"It's been a smooth process," Smith said of getting to know the new offensive coaching staff. "The one thing I've learned is that those guys are here for us as players. They're here to make us better players, and they're also here to let us have fun.

"The one thing Coach Holgorsen preaches is you can't play the game of football if you're not having fun. I really believe they're going to instill that into us and make us better players."

Smith discussed those items and others in the following interview.

Geno Smith Interview

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