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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2013
Every year ESPN zeros in on one player who was expected to go in the first round and doesn't. It really is unnecessary. Last night, we had to endure the countless camera shots of a disappointed Geno Smith, West Virginia's star quarterback. We had to watch him doodle on his cell phone or some other electronic device as team after team picked someone else in the first round. I understand ESPN is trying to capture the emotion, but these are 21- and 22-year-old kids. They have waited for this moment all of their lives, but sometimes enough is enough.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2013
The Ravens' pass rush has been silenced, failing to record a sack and only hitting the quarterback five times during the past two games. Since sacking New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith three times on Nov. 24, the pass rush has slowed down. "I don't think it's a product of what people are doing differently," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "They're getting the ball out pretty quick. There haven't been a lot of downfield route type things. We had some maximum protection [Sunday]
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
The Ravens' defensive game plan could revolve around trying to confuse Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who's become a turnover machine during a rocky introduction to the NFL. Smith has one touchdown pass and nine interceptions in the past five games. For the season, the former West Virginia star has eight touchdowns and 16 interceptions for a 65.1 quarterback rating. “He's definitely a quarterback with the potential to either win the game for them or give it away,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
No matter where New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith tried to throw the football Sunday, he was rarely able to elude Ravens cornerback Corey Graham . Graham intercepted the turnover-prone quarterback twice during the second half of the Ravens' 19-3 win Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, exploiting the mistakes of the former West Virginia star. It's the second time Graham has had two interceptions in one game in his career. Last season, he intercepted Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning twice in the AFC divisional round.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
When Geno Smith and Tavon Austin departed West Virginia for the NFL after last season, they left their names in the school's record books and their legacies firmly planted in Morgantown, W.Va. Filling their cleats isn't easy, but redshirt freshman quarterback Ford Childress and true freshman slot receiver Daikiel Shorts are doing their best to create their own history with the Mountaineers, who play Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday. "Geno left some huge shoes to fill," Childress said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
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By Sarah Siguenza and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
The list of candidates for the 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has been cut from 29 collegiate quarterbacks to 15. Beginning in 1987, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award recognizes senior or fourth-year quarterbacks who excel in athletics, academia and character. The remaining 2012 candidates include Matt Barkley (Southern California), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Nick Florence (Baylor), Mike Glennon (NC State), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Collin Klein (Kansas State), EJ Manuel (Florida State)
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September 20, 2013
When: 3:30 P.M. Site: M&T Bank Stadium TV: ESPNU Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM Series: West Virginia leads 26-21-2 and has won seven straight Last meeting: West Virginia defeated Maryland, 31-21, on Sept. 22, 2012, in Morgantown, W.Va. Maryland offense vs. West Virginia defense: Maryland's offense has surpassed 500 yards in each game this season. With Nigel King injured, Maryland will probably play redshirt freshman Malcolm Culmer extensively at wide receiver.
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October 15, 2010
Geno Smith outplayed counterpart B.J. Daniels , throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns, as No. 25 West Virginia downed South Florida 20-6 in the Big East on Thursday. Smith was efficient, completing 24 of 31 passes, while Daniels tossed three interceptions and threw for just 119 yards before being benched late in the fourth. West Virginia (5-1, 1-0 Big East) won despite getting just 56 rushing yards on 23 carries from the combination of Noel Devine and Ryan Clarke.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A couple of familiar faces will return to M&T Bank Stadium this weekend, but straits are too dire for the Ravens to focus on getting reacquainted with New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and free safety Ed Reed. Their Jets are somehow ahead of the Ravens in the race for the AFC's final wild-card spot and the Ravens desperately need a win. My hunch is that they will get it with their best performance of the season. 1. ED REED WILL INTERCEPT ONE JOE FLACCO PASS: Reed, the former Raven and future Hall-of-Famer, is now with this second team this season, but he is still looking to make his first interception.
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December 3, 2012
Kansas State University's Collin Klein has been named recipient of t he 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.  The award is presented annually to a top college football quarterback who best combines on-the-field and academic achievement.  Candidates for the award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. “Collin is not just a tremendous athlete and leader on the field, but an MVP off the field as well, who repeatedly has been recognized for his numerous contributions to the community and to the spirit of sportsmanship,” said John C. Unitas, Jr., President of The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, which along with Transamerica presents the award.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
As Tyrod Taylor took his place behind center for a handful of snaps on Sunday, Joe Flacco stood out wide near the sideline, his $120.6 million hands stuffed into his handwarmer and his body language screaming that he had little interest in running routes as a wide receiver. Looking for a way to utilize the athleticism of their backup quarterback while also trying to spark their struggling running game, the Ravens trotted Taylor out onto the field for a dozen plays, seven as a wide receiver and five at quarterback with Flacco lined up as a wide-out.
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Mike Preston | November 24, 2013
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco appeared to get the message Sunday. When a team resorts to the Wildcat or trick plays to spark an offense, it's a slap at the personnel, especially the quarterback. Flacco didn't appear to be happy when the team lined up in the formation, and he seemed slightly irritated when questioned about it after the game. "It's good and fun for a little bit, but that's it," said Flacco in a serious tone. "I don't want to be lining up at Z and X. I want to line up behind center.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A couple of familiar faces will return to M&T Bank Stadium this weekend, but straits are too dire for the Ravens to focus on getting reacquainted with New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and free safety Ed Reed. Their Jets are somehow ahead of the Ravens in the race for the AFC's final wild-card spot and the Ravens desperately need a win. My hunch is that they will get it with their best performance of the season. 1. ED REED WILL INTERCEPT ONE JOE FLACCO PASS: Reed, the former Raven and future Hall-of-Famer, is now with this second team this season, but he is still looking to make his first interception.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Rav e ns and New York Jets. * Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News expects the Ravens to win in a blowout . The Jets on the road against a good, swarming defense? Both they and we learned the hard way in Buffalo it's a recipe for a meltdown as rookie Geno Smith isn't ready for such hostile enviroments in the elements. The reigning Super Bowl champions, a game behind New York, should be able to sniff that a wild card is well within reach.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
The Ravens' defensive game plan could revolve around trying to confuse Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who's become a turnover machine during a rocky introduction to the NFL. Smith has one touchdown pass and nine interceptions in the past five games. For the season, the former West Virginia star has eight touchdowns and 16 interceptions for a 65.1 quarterback rating. “He's definitely a quarterback with the potential to either win the game for them or give it away,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said.
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By Matt Vensel | September 25, 2013
A reoccurring topic on this blog has been the lack of successful deep balls for Joe Flacco and the Ravens. Former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron tailored the offense to Flacco's powerful right arm and Jim Caldwell kept plenty of deep balls on his play card after he replaced Cameron last December. So far this season, though, Flacco hasn't been clicking with his outside receivers, particularly Torrey Smith, as often. Flacco has completed just three of his 17 attempts beyond 20 yards, according to Pro Football Focus.
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By Matt Vensel | September 24, 2013
Jets 27, Bills 20 Strategy: Buffalo, led by first-year coach Doug Marrone, is in the process of tailoring its offense to the skills of rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. The Bills used read-option runs, rollouts and play-action bootlegs to take advantage of Manuel's mobility. They often put Manuel in the shotgun and relied on shorter throws before taking more shots deep as Sunday's loss to the Jets went on. Defensively, they have a hybrid front, which makes sense because they seem to change their scheme - and their personnel - every offseason.
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September 20, 2013
When: 3:30 P.M. Site: M&T Bank Stadium TV: ESPNU Radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM Series: West Virginia leads 26-21-2 and has won seven straight Last meeting: West Virginia defeated Maryland, 31-21, on Sept. 22, 2012, in Morgantown, W.Va. Maryland offense vs. West Virginia defense: Maryland's offense has surpassed 500 yards in each game this season. With Nigel King injured, Maryland will probably play redshirt freshman Malcolm Culmer extensively at wide receiver.
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