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Report: Former WVU Signal-Caller Geno Smith Re-Signs with Seattle

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Former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has resigned with the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

The 2021 season will be Smith’s third in Seattle as the primary backup to Russell Wilson. He completed four of five pass attempts for 33 yards in 2020. 2021 will be Smith’s ninth season in the NFL

Smith, a Mountaineer from 2009-12, was drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft by the New York Jets. After playing out his four-year rookie contract with the Jets, Smith spent one season with the Giants and one season with the Chargers before landing with the Seahawks in 2019. Smith has started 31 games in his professional career with a 12-19 record, however, he has seen limited time in recent seasons as a backup. In the past six seasons combined, Smith has attempted less than 100 passes in the NFL.

WVU fans will remember Smith’s electric performance in the 2011 Orange Bowl that powered WVU to a blowout 70-33 victory over Clemson. In that game Smith threw for 401 yards and six touchdowns, scoring seven total touchdowns, all three Orange Bowl records. Smith threw for 11,662 yards and 98 touchdowns during his four-year WVU career.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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