By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Boise State announced the hiring of quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith on Thursday afternoon.
Smith is the former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Montana (2010-11) and quarterbacks coach at Idaho (2004-09). We reported his hiring last Friday. Here is the story.
"We are excited about Jonathan becoming a Bronco, and he is going to be a good fit with our players and coaches,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said in a press release. “He was successful as a coordinator and brings the type of expertise we need in helping our quarterbacks.”
Smith takes the staff spot vacated by offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brent Pease, who went to Florida. Smith will coach quarterbacks and wide receivers coach Robert Prince will serve as offensive coordinator.
The Broncos still have two staff openings, created by the departures of special teams/nickels coach Jeff Choate and defensive backs coach Marcel Yates.
Here’s Smith’s bio information from the press release:
Montana ranked 16th-nationally in scoring offense in each of his two seasons at Montana, scoring 33.86 points per game in 2011 and 31.73 points per game in 2010. The Griz were sixth-nationally in sacks allowed this past season (0.71), and also ranked 21st in total offense (420.36). Montana ranked 17th in rushing offense in 2011 (210.86), and 28th in passing offense in 2010 (233.55).
He joined Montana after spending the previous six seasons coaching quarterbacks at the University of Idaho. In his final season with the Vandals, Idaho finished ninth-nationally in total offense (451.38), 12th in passing offense (286.69) and 20th in scoring (32.69). Additionally, quarterback Nathan Enderle finished the season ranked fifth in passing efficiency (157.28).
Prior to his six years with Idaho, Smith served as a graduate assistant at Oregon State University – his alma mater – from April 2002 through December 2003.
Smith played collegiate football for the Beavers from 1997-2001, walking on before starting for four-consecutive seasons at quarterback. He was 24-14 as a starter for Oregon State and served as team captain both his junior and senior seasons.
In 2000 he led Oregon State to an 11-1 record en route to the Pacific-10 Conference Championship, and was named offensive most valuable player in the Beavers’ 41-9 victory over Notre Dame in the 2001 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. He set career records for Oregon State in passing yardage (9,680), total offense (9,209) and touchdown passes (55), and also completed his career ranked third all-time in the Pac-10 in passing yards and total offense.
Smith set school single-season marks in 2001 for passing yards (3,053), total offense (2,957) and touchdowns (20), and also set the Beavers’ single-game record for passing yards against Washington in 1998 (469).
He earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies at Oregon State in 2001. Smith and his wife Candice (Huddle) have two children, son Robert and daughter Bella.