Former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is getting all the first team reps according to a report by the Athletic’s Michael Shawn-Dugar.
“Geno is in the lead,” head coach Pete Carroll said in the report. “He’s ahead and he ain’t looking back.”
The report was released yesterday and the first reps were Wednesday’s. Carroll did say that quarterback Drew Lock, acquired from the Denver Broncos in the Russell Wilson trade, still has a shot at the starting job, but all signs point to Smith being the clear front runner at this point.
Smith started three games for Seattle last season and appeared in four total after Wilson was injured. He put up solid numbers, completing 68 percent of his passes for 702 yards, five touchdowns and an interception while adding nine runs for 42 yards and a touchdown. He was 1-2 though in his three starts.
His legs are where he separates himself from Lock, with Seattle figuring to be a run-heavy team under Carroll. This is despite Smith having recently extended D.K. Metcalf and company to throw to.
Smith was inducted to the WVU Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this week. He remains as one of the most prolific players in school history as the all-time passing yards and passing touchdowns leader with 11,662 yards and 98 touchdowns. He played from 2009-12 before being a second round selection by the New York Jets.