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Heisman contenders in the Big East

I've talked here before about the dearth of legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates in the Big East. The leading and perhaps only contender is West Virginia's Noel Devine.

Devine has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his first three games and is currently the No. 15 running back in the FBS with 354 total yards. And you get the feeling he hasn't yet hit his stride. This week's game at LSU offers him the opportunity to make a huge statement.

But here's another Big East player to at least consider. What if I told there's a quarterback who ranks in the top 25 nationally in passing efficiency, completions per game and yards per game? Who's completing 70 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and just one interception? And who already has a Heisman-esque comeback on his résumé?

Of course, I'm talking about Geno Smith. The Mountaineers quarterback doesn't have the name recognition yet to be a serious candidate. But the more he keeps putting up great numbers, the more people might have to pay attention.