Huskies' top assistant Smith likely heading to Oregon State

Jonathan Smith 

By Bill Swartz

Washington Husky football is apparently losing offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith to his alma mater Oregon State.

The Oregonian reports Smith will be hired as head coach of the Beavers football program. Nothing has been confirmed by the Corvallis school or from UW.

Smith was originally a walk-on player who became a star quarterback for OSU between 1998 and 2001.

He helped lead the Beavers to an 11-1 record in 2000 and was named MVP in their Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame.

He's been the chief play caller and quarterbacks coach at Washington since 2014. In October when coach Gary Andersen and Oregon State mutually parted ways, Smith's name immediately came up as a candidate. At the time, Smith said he was flattered to be mentioned, but was focused on the Huskies game plan against Arizona State.

The Dawgs already have an co-offensive coordinator, receivers coach Matt Lubick, who could take over more of Smith's duties.

Lubick was the offensive coordinator at Oregon under Mark Helfrich.

It will be interesting to see whether some of Washington's verbally committed high school quarterbacks stay with the Huskies if Smith goes elsewhere. Early college football signing day is December 20th under new NCAA rules.