Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

MICKEY FURFARI

December 5, 2012

Column: Austin the best Nehlen has seen in years

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MORGANTOWN —

Smith, a senior from Miami, was No. 1 Heisman Trophy candidate in the Big 12 before the season’s start.

If he’s not the highest rated, the retired coach thinks he’s close to that, despite his team’s record. Nehlen doesn’t think the pros have seen anybody that throws the ball as well as Geno does.

He believes it’s hard to find these players (this great) on the same team, and two of the three played at the same high school.

“And those two played together for one of my former players (Damon Cogdell),” he noted proudly. “(Cogdell) has coached a lot of great players, I’ll tell you that.

“But Austin is a special guy. He’s probably a 4.4 (seconds for 40 yards, and maybe even faster). You can’t teach that. I’ve had some doggone good football players who returned punts and kicks.

“But I never had anyone on the same team as these three guys.”

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