Well, this is just a bummer.
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 14, 2021
Tykee Smith, who recently departed the Mountaineers for Georgia, was rated the best returning safety in College Football this afternoon by Pro Football Focus. Smith was constantly graded as one of the best safeties in the game last season by the site, so this should come as no surprise to anyone.
What this will do though is hurt the hearts of WVU fans. We had one of the best players in the nation on our roster, and he simply walked away. No hard feelings toward Smith, he’s a great player who made the right decision for himself, but damn, it’s such a what could have been.
During his two seasons in Morgantown, Smith finished with 111 tackles including 10.5 for loss and one sack. He also nabbed four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown against Iowa State in 2019.