The Mountaineers have had numerous NFL players stop through Morgantown for their collegiate careers including current Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith.
Smith got his first game time action since the 2020 season after starting quarterback Russell Wilson went down with a sprained finger in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.
The quarter of action that the former Mountaineer played in saw Smith fire a 23-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver DK Metcalf to bring the score within two points, 16-14. Although tossing the touchdown to Metcalf, the quarterback also misplaced a pass intended for Tyler Lockett but was picked off which ultimately led to the Rams victory.
The scoring drive that Smith led his Seattle offense on spanned 98 yards while the Seahawk went five for five on completions and also tossed 72 yards in the process. That’s not too bad of a drive for a quarterback that hadn’t seen actual playing time in an NFL game in a whole year.
Throughout the whole fourth quarter of action, Smith went for a total of 131 offensive yards, 10-for-17 on pass completions and finished with an overall rating of 78.3 for the performance. The touchdown pass was also Smith’s first since his December 3, 2017 touchdown connection with Evan Engram when Smith played for the New York Giants.
The 31-year-old Smith is currently playing his third season with the Seahawks and has served as Wilson’s backup in that time period with Wilson not missing very much time at all through the three years. In fact, Thursday night’s game was only the second ever appearance for Smith as a Seahawk following his other game in 2020 he could be found under center for.
The lone game of 2020 that Smith got to appear in saw the quarterback throw four completions on five passing attempts, go for a total of 33 yards and produce his longest play of the day for 14 yards. Smith has played for a total of four different teams over eight different professional seasons in the National Football League.
Those other teams include the New York Jets, the team he was drafted by in 2013 out of West Virginia, the Giants in 2017 and the Chargers in 2018 before going over to the Seahawks before the 2020 season began.
With Wilson reportedly missing up to possibly four weeks after undergoing surgery on his hand following Thursday’s game, expect to see Smith back in action for the Seahawks in their future matchups this season.
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