imagesCAI7Q2OGWith this year’s college football season just mere weeks away, the pundits have began to make their choices for players who will be in the running to capture the 2012 Heisman Trophy this December in New York City.

Senior West Virginia Quarterback Geno Smith finds himself among those on pre-season Heisman watch lists across the internet after collecting 33 touchdowns and more than 4,300 yards of total offense in 2011.

Here’s what the Mountaineers’ signal caller said in regards to himself being a Heisman Trophy candidate this season, courtesy of the CharlestonDaily Mail.

"I will endorse Tavon Austin," Smith said. "I think he's one of the best players in the country and the most electrifying player in the country with the ball in his hands."

Even though choosing not to mention his own candidacy for the Heisman, Smith must know that he has a strong chance just like other star quarterbacks Matt Barkley of USC and new conference rival, Landry Jones of Oklahoma.

Along with entering his second season in the Holgorsen system, the 2012 Big 12 pre-season offensive player of the year could jump into the upper echelon of Heisman contenders if WVU can score some big time wins against conference powers Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

With a Heisman quality player in Tavon Austin on offense for the Mountaineers, what do you think are the chances of Geno Smith becoming the first West Virginia Quarterback to win the Heisman this season?