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Without Geno Smith and Tavon Austin, West Virginia looks to begin new era

Without Geno Smith and Tavon Austin, West Virginia looks to begin new era

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. "It's pretty tough to fill those. Obviously, I won't be able to do what he did last year, [but] hopefully through experience...

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