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Smith, Austin, Bailey Highlight WVU Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022

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Former WVU football greats Geno Smith (QB), Tavon Austin (WR) and Stedman Bailey (WR) will all be inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2022, Director of Athletics Shane Lyons announced on Saturday.

Smith played at West Virginia from 2009-12, under head coaches Bill Stewart and Dana Holgorsen, appearing in 41 games for the Mountaineers. The Miami native is the all-time passing yards and passing touchdowns leader at WVU with 11,662 yards and 98 touchdowns. Smith was a member of the 2012 Orange Bowl team. Smith has spent the last two seasons with the Seahawks, with stints with the New York Jets, New York Giants and Los Angeles Chargers since being drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft.

Austin also played at WVU from 2009-12, accumulating 4,446 scrimmage yards over his four years in Morgantown. Austin’s highlight tape is what he will always be remembered for during his college days. The Baltimore native was untouchable when he was in the open field. Austin scored 15 touchdowns his senior year and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the 8th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Austin is currently still in the league playing with the Buffalo Bills.

Bailey played with Smith and Austin from 2010-12, being another key piece to the 2012 Orange Bowl victory over Clemson. Bailey’s junior year featured 25 receiving touchdowns and 1,622 receiving yards. Bailey was drafted in the third round by the St. Louis Rams in 2013.

Induction ceremonies will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, prior to the West Virginia-Towson football game.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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