December 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass against the Syracuse Orange during the third quarter of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Geno Smith Tells Senior Bowl "No Thanks"

If you thought last night’s stinker of a championship game was your last opportunity to watch college football this season, do not dismay, there is the Senior Bowl. Well, there is a Senior Bowl for anyone not from WVU that is.

The sole Mountaineer to receive an invite to the 2013 Senior Bowl, Geno Smith, has declined his invitation to the game. He made his official decision public today via twitter:

Thanks to the Senior Bowl for the invite, but for the record I will not be participating. Once again, thanks to the Senior Bowl committee. – @GenoSmith_12

The Senior Bowl is traditionally the place for college seniors to have one last chance to impress NFL scouts in game situations. A good performance in the Senior Bowl can be the difference between being drafted or being an unsigned free agent.

Fortunately for Geno Smith, he is rated as the #1 or #2 quarterback prospect in this April’s draft by nearly every scouting service. So there really is not much else that Geno needs to prove to scouts.

By skipping the Senior Bowl, Geno will be avoiding any wonky injury that could occur in the game. It also gives Smith more time to work on his combine exercises and prepare for his pro day.

It is intriguing though, that coming off a disappointing second half of the season, punctuated by a lack luster showing in the Pinstripe Bowl, that Smith would not want to light up the scoreboard in the Senior Bowl. Geno is such a competitor, that you have to imagine that he wanted to play in this game, but was advised to skip it for NFL draft purposes.

While it would have been great to see Geno in a WVU helmet one last time, it will be even better to see him drafted in the first round of the NFL draft in April.

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