"When you approach football like it's your life when you're playing - and what I mean by that is it means more to you than just a game - then something good is going to happen for you," Seider said.
"The thing about Charles is you can watch him work after practice with the receivers and the defensive backs, not to help himself, but to help those guys.
"What you always want is for your freshmen to emulate someone in front of them who does the right things and not the bad things. It's all right to be a follower if you follow the right person because that follower might be a leader down the road."
Smallwood says he was just a running back, as opposed to an all-around back, when he played at Maryland's Eastern Christian Academy, where he had quite the teammate in fellow WVU freshman Daikiel Shorts, who is tied with Sims for the team lead in receptions.
And because this is new, his numbers aren't close to the same as those of Sims. He has 207 yards rushing, Sims has 946 and nine touchdowns. He has 11 receptions for 132 yards, Sims had 43 for 371 yards and three more scores. They don't really even run the same.
"He's got more moves," said Smallwood, who at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds is 1 inch and 20 pounds smaller. "I think I have moves, too, but I'd rather run through or run past you."
The comparison shouldn't be how they do things, but rather what they're doing. Sims averages 5.8 yards per touch. Smallwood averages 7.5. Sims catches screen passes and throws out into the flat. So does Smallwood. Smallwood lines up as a receiver and can run any of a receiver's routes. Same with Sims.
When the Mountaineers plan to run the ball, they look to Sims. When they want to throw passes on the perimeter, they use Sims. When WVU needed plays late against Texas, Smallwood was the pick. When the offense was desperately seeking points against Kansas, it was Smallwood again.
Why, when Holgorsen was tired of his "garbage" kickoff returns, Smallwood became the kickoff returner, and he'd have really good numbers there if not for some holding penalties that have wiped out long returns.
He's very aware of the comparison at present and the possibilities for the future.
"Yeah," Smallwood said, "but I want to be better."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.