Jonathan Smith was the offensive coordinator for two seasons at Montana, an FCS power. Saturday, though, will be his first time calling the plays in the Pac-12.
“It’s exciting,” said Smith, the first-year UW offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, looking ahead to the Huskies’ opener at Hawaii on Saturday. “You just keep thinking about what’s going to be best for the players. And, really, the starting point is — what’s the best for the quarterback in this situation?”
Smith said the offensive game plan is a collaborative effort with UW’s veteran coaching staff, which also includes longtime Chris Petersen aides Chris Strausser and Brent Pease, who was Boise State’s offensive coordinator in 2011.
“As you put the plan together, and then ultimately on game game day, really everything’s planned out,” Smith said. “In this scenario, whatever it is — third-and-6 — we want to run these plays. There will be some adjustments at halftime that can be big, and because we have such great experience (on staff) I feel like we’ll have some great contributions. You try to prepare as best you can, and try to put the quarterback in the best position possible, and then let it rip.”
Petersen will surely have a say in what’s happening on the field, but it’s Smith who will call the plays from the press box.
“We’ll talk in between series,” Smith said of Petersen. “He’s got great insight, just like we’ll do with other assistants. But, yeah, he hired us to do the job and he allows us to go do it.”
Might we see a trick play or two on Saturday, as Petersen and his staff were known for at Boise State? Smith didn’t rule out the possibility. He estimated that Petersen has a vault of perhaps 100 trick plays that they ran at Boise State.
“I think it makes it fun to bring those out,” Smith said. “The kids like it, and it can give you a little shot in the arm.”
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- ESPN’s Ted Miller projects UW to the San Francisco Bowl.
- What a bizarre week at USC.
Honored & humble to be a captain for Saturdays game against Hawaii GODAWGS!
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