Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith

Player Profile

Hometown:
Glendora, Calif.

High School:
Glendora High School

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 202

Position:
Quarterback

Birthdate:
01/18/1979

Experience:
3V

PERSONAL--Born 1/18/79 in Pasadena, CA...son of Leonard and Robin Smith...his father is an accountant and his mother is a professor...has one older brother, Josh, 22...Jonathan is in the College of Liberal Arts and is a history major ...entered OSU with a 3.0 GPA out of Glendora High School and was on the school honor roll...one of his prep teammates is Dustin Janz and another prep teammate, Andy Kassotis, plays for UCLA...Magic Johnson is his favorite athlete...throwing 5 touchdown passes in one game against their rival has been his top athletic thrill to date...selected OSU because, “it is the best place for me to continue my education and enjoy college life while competing in athletics.”

OSU—(2001-Senior)—Jonathan Smith, a team captain for the second straight season, will attempt to lead Oregon State to a third straight bowl appearance in 2001, something no other quarterback in Beaver history has done…in 27 starting assignments, Jonathan has led OSU to a 19-8 (.704) record…Jonathan did not participate in any contact drills during spring drills as he had surgery on his left wrist on January 24, 2001…Jonathan had bone grafted from his left hip to repair a fracture scaphoid bone in his left wrist…Jonathan enters his senior year with 7,253 career passing yards and needs 2,141 to pass Erik Wilhelm (9,393) for first place on the OSU career list…he currently ranks 17th in Pac-10 career passing…he has 6,923 career yards of total offense and needs 2,140 to pass Wilhelm’s OSU career record of 9,062 yards…he ranks 19th on the Pac-10 career total offense list…Jonathan established an OSU record by passing for 469 yards vs. Washington in 1998...his 459 yards in total offense vs. the Huskies is the second best one-game mark in OSU history, topped only by Erik Wilhelm’s 480 yards in 1987...Jonathan has completed 458 of 944 passes for 7,253 yards, 41 touchdowns and 19 interceptions...his 41 touchdown passes ranks second all-time at OSU, behind only Erik Wilhelm (52)…he has 6,923 yards of total offense in 30 career games played....he has passed for over 300 yards in 10 of his 30 games played…his first three 300-yard games were coming off the bench as a backup in 1998... his 15 TD passes in 1999 ranks fourth on the single-season list and his 20 TD passes in 2000 is a school record…once he assumed the starting role against California in 1998, he has withstood all challenges and has started 27 straight games…he currently holds three OSU season records—most yards passing, 3,053 (1999); most yards total offense, 2967 (1999) and most touchdown passes, 20 (2000)...he led OSU to its first winning season since 1970 in 1999 (7-5) and first bowl appearance since the 1965 Rose Bowl (Oahu Bowl)...he has led OSU to its first-ever back-to-back bowl appearances (Oahu Bowl and Fiesta Bowl) and he led OSU to a co-Pacific-10 championship in 2000 (tied at 7-1 with Washington and Oregon) and to the best record in Oregon State history, 11-1…the Beavers are the first team in the history of the State of Oregon to win 11 games in one season

(Career Notes)--Smith’s career highlights follow: (2000--Junior)

**Was named the Offensive Player of the Game after leading OSU to 41-9 victory over Notre Dame in Fiesta Bowl.  He completed 16 of 24 passes for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns.   It was the 23rd most passing yards in a game in OSU history.
**Led OSU to 23-13 victory over Oregon, passing for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns.  His 270 yards in total offense ranks 30th on OSU single-game total offense list.
**Led OSU to 33-9 victory over Arizona, passing for 231 yards and a touchdown.
**Led OSU to 38-32 victory over California, passing for 317 yards, including six pass plays over 25 yards.
**Led OSU to 38-9 victory over WSU, passing for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns.
**Led OSU to 44-38 victory over UCLA, passing for 351 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Eighth best single-game passing mark and 11th best total offense mark (338) in OSU history.
**Led OSU to 38-6 victory over Stanford, passing for 324 yards, including 97-yard school record TD pass to Chad Johnson and 76-yard TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.  The 324 yards passing ranks 13th on OSU season chart and 306 yards in total offense ranks 22nd.
**Led OSU to 31-21 victory over #8 (AP) and #7 (USA Today/ESPN) ranked USC.
**Passed for 314 yards vs. Washington, the 15th bests single-game passing mark in OSU history.  His 281 yards in total offense was the 27th best single-game mark in Beaver history.   His three TD passes equals a career best and fourth time he has thrown three in a game.  He threw 80-yard TD pass to Chad Johnson, matching fourth longest pass play in OSU history.  In two games at Husky Stadium, Jonathan passed for 783 yards and 6 touchdowns.

OSU--(2000-Junior)--Jonathan will serve as one of OSU’s five team captains in 2000...Jonathan heads into his junior year having played in 18 games and having started the last 15 games...once he assumed the starting role against California in 1998, he has withstood all challenges...in his 15 starts, he had led OSU to a 8-7 record, the Beavers’ first winning season since 1970 and first bowl appearance since the 1965 Rose Bowl...along the way, Jonathan established an OSU record by passing for 469 yards vs. Washington (10/24) in 1998, while coming off the bench midway through the second quarter...his 459 yards in total offense vs. the Huskies is the second best one-game mark in OSU history, topped only by Erik Wilhelm’s 480 yards in 1987...Jonathan has completed 288 of 606 passes for 4,480 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions...he has 4,446 yards of total offense in 18 career games played...Jonathan is second place in career passing at Oregon State and third place in career total offense...he has passed for over 300 yards in five of his 18 games played, and the first three were coming off the bench as a backup...his 21 touchdown passes puts him fifth on OSU’s all-time touchdown passing list...his 15 touchdown passes in 1999 ties him for fourth on the single-season list...he set OSU records in 1999 for most yards passing in a season (3,058) and for total offense (2,957)...he enters the 2000 season with a streak of not being intercepted in his last 140 attempts...the OSU record for most passes thrown without an interception is 170 by Terrance Bryant in 1998...the 170 is also a Pac-10 record...he needs 534 yards in total offense to move into second place on OSU’s career list...in the spring of 1999, Jonathan had to hold off the challenge of Terrance Bryant for the starting job and when he entered spring drills this year he was waiting for the challenge from redshrt freshman Shayne House, sophomore Tyler Thomas and junior Nick Stremick...Jonathan’s performance during spring drills left no doubt he was No. 1 heading into the fall...his game improved a great deal during the spring and his confidence level continues to improve...his physical as well as the mental aspects of playing quarterback at OSU all improved during the spring...in the four scrimmages, Jonathan completed 4 of 10 passes for 63 yards in the first scrimmage...he completed 6 of 9 for 77 yards in scrimmage No. 2...in the third scrimmage he was 6 of 13 for 82 yards on a touchdown...in the Spring Game, Jonathan led the White team to a 26-10 victory as he completed 14 of 30 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown, a 9-yard pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh that put the game out of reach at 19-10...he was intercepted (off a deflection) in the Spring Game for his only interception of the spring...in winter conditioning, Jonathan posted weightlifting bests of 360 in the back squat, 245 in the bench press and 231 in the power clean.

OSU--(1999-Sophomore)--Coming off his brilliant finish to the 1998 season, Jonathan entered spring drills as the No. 1 quarterback and waged a hotly contested battle with Terrance Bryant for the starting spot in 1999...Jonathan, after a slow start, warmed up and had a fantastic spring...it took him a while to learn Coach Dennis Erickson's system, but once he got comfortable his play was outstanding...in OSU's first major scrimmage at Roseburg on April 17, Jonathan completed 8 of 14 passes for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns...in the next scrimmage at Prothro Field on April 24, Jonathan was 14 of 16 for 176 yards and a 48-yard touchdown pass to Robert Prescott...in the spring game at Hillsboro on May 1, Jonathan quarterbacked the White team and completed 25 of 38 passes for 358 yards and 2 touchdowns and was intercepted twice, one of which was out of the hands of a receiver...at one point, he had completed 12 straight passes and 17 of 18...he rushed for 9 yards on 4 carries...his White team lost to the Black squad 31-24 as Ken Simonton was stopped one foot from the goal line on the last play of the game...in the spring game, Jonathan executed the two minute drill to perfection twice...he drove the White team 95 yards in 7 plays in less than a minute and a half to score with :25 seconds remaining in the half...he nearly pulled off the victory in the game, driving the White team 80 yards in the last 1:12 of the game, only to have Simonton come up short from 2-yards out on the final play...Jonathan seems to be one of those players that when the lights go on, he makes the plays...has proven to be a great leader...he sees the entire field very well and does an excellent job of picking up second, third and fourth choice receivers...has a great understanding of the offense...has a quick release...throws deep well and throws with touch...his strength is his ability to read defenses and pick opponents apart...in the weight room, Jonathan has produced personal bests of 252 in the hang clean, 245 in the bench press, 350 in the back squat and 225 in the incline...his best vertical jump is 27.00 inches.

(1998-Redshirt Freshman)--Jonathan was the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart when spring drills opened in April and he kept improving as the spring went along and he made big strides toward earning some playing time in 1998...his stock was definitely on the rise...has a strong arm and plays the game with a flare...completed the spring as the No. 2 quarterback and a very close second to senior letterman Tyler Tomich...of course all OSU quarterbacks would have to contend with the addition of JC All-American Terrance Bryant's presence once fall camp opened...Jonathan's best spring performance came in the final spring game when he quarterbacked the No. 1 offense in the second half and immediately drove the team for a pair of touchdowns while completing 9 straight passes...completed 13 of 22 passes for 152 yards and 1 touchdown in the spring game, but was intercepted 3 times...he was 16 or 30 and 175 yards with 2 interceptions in the second scrimmage of the spring and 8 of 13 for 75 yards in the first scrimmage...Jonathan made a token appearance, his first collegiate contest, in the Nevada (9/5) game and completed 1 of 2 passes for 7 yards...Jonathan did not play in the next five games, however he did move up a notch on the depth chart, passing senior Tyler Tomich and moving to No. 2 behind Bryant...Jonathan got his chance to play when Bryant suffered a low back injury in the second quarter of the Arizona (10/17) game and Smith came off the bench to relieve him...although Smith was not spectacular in the Arizona game, it was the start of what would turn out to be something special for himself and the Beavers...against Arizona, Jonathan completed only 6 of 14 passes for 73 yards and the Beavers' lone touchdown...the following week against Washington (10/24), Bryant once again got the starting call, although his back was not 100 percent and Bryant was ineffective, completing only 3 of 14 passes for 39 yards...as a result, Smith got the call to replace Bryant in the second quarter...Jonathan put the "Big Play" back into the OSU offense the minute he took over for an injured Bryant...with Jonathan at the controls of the Oregon State offense, the Beavers became a "Big Play" team...OSU produced a total of 52 plays of 25 yards or more during the season, but Smith was directly responsible for 32 in OSU's last four games...Smith, a walk-on redshirt freshman quarterback, had a day he will remember for the rest of his life in OSU's 35-34 setback at Washington when he came off the bench to relieve Bryant...Smith, playing in only his third Beaver game, entered the contest in the second quarter and again midway through the third quarter and proceeded to shatter OSU's single-game passing record by passing for 469 yards, breaking the old record of 461 by Erik Wilhelm in 1987...his 459 yards in total offense is the second best one-game mark in OSU history, topped only by Wilhelm's 480 yards...his 469 yards passing is the seventh best one-game mark in Pac-10 history and his 459 yards in total offense is the 10th best one-game mark in Pac-10 history...after his record-breaking performance at Washington, he started against California, UCLA and Oregon...passed for 252 yards vs. California (10/31) and 323 against UCLA (11/7), the 12th best one-game mark in Beaver history...his 318 yards in total offense is the 13th best one-game mark in OSU history...Jonathan closed out the 1998 season by leading OSU to a 44-41 Civil War victory over Oregon (11/21)...against the Ducks, he passed for 303 yards, the 18th best single-game performance in OSU history and 2 touchdowns...accounted for 310 yards in total offense, the 19th best mark in OSU history...in six games, two of which were token appearances, Smith passed for 1,427 yards and accounted for 1,371 yards in total offense...he finished 1998 with a passing efficiency rate of 116.39, and a total offense average of 228.5 yards per game...Smith's accomplishments in his last four games were outstanding...he passed for 1,347 yards, an average of 336.8 yards a game over the last four games and threw 6 touchdown passes, plus accounting for 32 "Big Plays" of over 25 yards...Jonathan was named co-winner of OSU's Rookie of the Year award with Ken Simonton for the 1998 season

GLENDORA HIGH SCHOOL--(1994-96)--Jonathan was Glendora's starting quarterback for three years while playing for Coach Gary Day...earned two letters in baseball and a pitcher and infielder...earned second-team all-league (Baseline) honors in baseball as a junior and a first-team selection as a senior...in football, Jonathan was a second-team all-league selection as a sophomore and a first-team pick as a junior...earned first-team all-league honors as a senior, plus he was selected as the league MVP...was a first-team All-Inland Valley pick, a second-team All-San Gabriel Valley choice and a first-team All-CIF (Division IV) pick as a senior quarterback...his top individual prep game in football found him completing 24 of 40 passes for 346 yards and 1 touchdown...the 24 completions and 346 yards are school records...had another game in which he threw for 286 yards (18-32) and 5 touchdowns (school record)...as a sophomore, completed 96 of 180 passes (.533 percentage) for 1,776 yards, 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, and a long of 64 yards...completed 110 of 210 passes (.524 percentage) for 1,570 yards, 9 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and a long of 48 yards as a junior...Jonathan completed 118 of 198 passes (.596 percentage) as a senior for 2,186 yards, 16 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and a long of 70 yards...all told, completed 324 of 588 (.551 percentage) passes for 5,532 yards and 39 touchdowns, while being intercepted only 23 times.

Jonathan Smith's Career Statistics
Year  GP  Att Comp Int .PCT  Yds  TD  Long
2000  12  338  170  7  .503  2773 20   97
1999  12  425  207  7  .487  3053 15   74
1998   6  181   81  5  .448  1427  6   90
Total 30  944  458 19  .485  7263 41   97
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