Smith can add some deception. Last week at Maryland, he made the pass and then froze the defense by faking the handoff.
By then, Austin was on the move.
"He gets around that corner so fast," Smith said. "That's the advantage of having a guy like that and having a play like that. We ran it against Maryland and the defensive end did a double take. He didn't know what happened. It was pretty funny to watch on film."
This is part of the advantage the Mountaineers believe they can explore and enjoy against the Tigers, who have two All-SEC-level cornerbacks, including Morris Claiborne, a preseason All-America and the reigning Walter Camp national defensive player of the week.
The other cornerback, Tyrann Mathieu, was the SEC defensive player of the week for playing all 82 snaps, making 10 tackles and breaking up two passes against Oregon on Sept. 3.
LSU is No. 19 nationally in pass defense. WVU is No. 7 in pass offense.
"Being that we know where we're going and the defense doesn't necessarily know, I would say that gives us a slight advantage," WVU receiver Stedman Bailey said.
The Tigers play a lot of man-to-man defense and rely on the size and speed of their secondary to make it work. Frequently, the defenders jam receivers after the snap at the line of scrimmage. They'll position cornerbacks and safeties in different ways to vary the leverage, but WVU runs pass routes to create space and avoid resistance.
"The timing has to be right between us and the quarterback," Mountaineer receiver Ivan McCartney said. "It's about us knowing where we have to be and what to do every time without letting the cornerback know anything. Even a slight move can get him going in a whole other direction."
The challenge is that LSU can use its speed to catch up quickly.
"We've got to anticipate a little quicker and understand when they bring pressure and when they don't bring pressure and be ready to get rid of the football," WVU inside receivers coach Shannon Dawson said. "That's the key across the board.
"Everyone has to understand the speed of the game is going to increase and we've got to combat that by having every individual focus on playing their game fast."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.