By Brian Murphy
Montana offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith will be the next quarterbacks coach at Boise State, Montana head coach Robin Pflugrad said Friday.
"He's taking a job at Boise State University as quarterbacks coach. It is not a coordinator position," Pflugrad told Fritz Neighbor of The Missoulian.
"Jonathan Smith did a tremendous job. He became a better coordinator as the season progressed. I think he really improved and I think that’s a sign of a good coach, if you can improve a little bit every game, just like a player. And he was really fun to work with because he would take input very, very well. We’re going to miss him."
Boise State has not announced Smith's hiring. Coach Chris Petersen was not available for comment.
Montana ranked No. 21 in the Football Championship Subdivision in total offense, averaging 420.36 yards per game and 16th in the nation in scoring offense at 33.86 points per game.
Smith, who also coached quarterbacks at Montana, replaces offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brent Pease, who left Boise State for Florida. Robert Prince is the new offensive coordinator and will still coach wide receivers.
Smith was a four-year starter at quarterback for Oregon State. He ended his career No. 3 in Pac-10 history in passing yards and total offense. He was originally a walk-on.
Smith has been the offensive coordinator at Montana for the last two seasons. Smith coached quarterbacks at Idaho for six seasons (2004-2009) under three head coaches (Robb Akey, Dennis Erickson and Nick Holt). Smith was a graduate assistant at Oregon State in 2002 and 2003.
Smith earned a B.S. degree in liberal studies at OSU in 2001. He is married to the former Candice Huddle and has two children, according to his Montana bio.
Choate officially joins Washington State staff
Washington State coach Mike Leach announced his coaching staff Friday evening and, as reported earlier in the week by the Idaho Statesman, Boise State special teams coach Jeff Choate is on it. Choate will be the linebackers coach with the Cougars.
Petersen released a statement on Choate's departure Friday evening.
“We wish Jeff and his family the best of luck in his new position. He
has played an integral role in the success of this program over the
last six seasons, coaching on both sides of the ball and working with
our special teams units," Petersen said.
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