Geno's ex-mates question team leadership

August, 11, 2013
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Several of Geno Smith's former teammates at West Virginia blamed last season's collapse on a lack of leadership, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

No one singled out Smith by name, but he was the quarterback and a team leader, along with receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

"Last year we didn't have, you know, a lot of leadership," junior RB Dustin Garrison told the newspaper.

The Mountaineers blazed to a 5-0 start, but finished 7-6. Smith absorbed a lot of criticism for the second-half skid, but the defense allowed 50 points per game during that span.

Another damning quote came from junior OL Quinton Spain, who said: "What's different this year is we're more a team. There ain't no I's; we don't depend on nobody. We just depend on all of us at once as a team. So I think this year will be better than last year. There wasn't no team. I could say there was a team early, but once we started losing we saw the I's come up, so it just hurt the team worse."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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