PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Marshall Thundering Herd during the game on September 1, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

WVU Football: Geno Smith Emerging As Top Heisman Trophy Candidate

Mountaineers' senior quarterback Geno Smith has claimed the top spot in ESPN's Heisman Trophy Watch poll, voted on by its college football experts.

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WVU Football: Geno Smith Dismisses Robert Griffin III Comparisons

West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith, currently at the front of ESPN's Heisman Watch, is drawing comparisons to last year's Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III. Smith has been quick to dismiss the compliments.

"I’ve been hearing all about that, and I want to put a stop to that real soon," Smith said. "RG3’s a great guy and he’s doing good things in the NFL and I’m only a college quarterback hoping to get where he is. We’re two different guys. He has a different style and I have a different style, and I’m pretty sure the only thing we both hope to do is just win games."

Smith has 10 touchdowns (one rushing) on the season and only nine incompletions through two games, very similar to RG3's stats at this time last year - 13 TDs to 12 incompletions through three games. But despite Smith's success, he is not focused on individual achievements or awards, saying, "My only goal is to win the national championship and I really want to make that clear."

At this point in the season, of course, WVU has only played Marshall and James Madison. We'll know a lot more about Smith's chances of winning the award once WVU plays some of its Big 12 schedule -- which kicks off against Griffin's old school, Baylor, on September 29.

For more on Geno Smith and West Virginia football, check out The Smoking Musket.

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