Sports Illustrated identifies two Washington coordinators as Oregon State coaching targets

Two Washington Huskies coordinators may be targeted by Oregon State to replace the recently departed Gary Andersen, according to Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated.

A primary target for the Beavers, per Feldman, is offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith.

An Oregon State alum who played quarterback for the Beavers from 1998-2001, Smith has bore witness to a Halcyon Era of the Husky offense.

Let’s start with former Beavers record-setting QB Jonathan Smith, who is doing a nice job as Washington’s offensive coordinator under Chris Petersen. The 38-year-old Smith, a Southern California native, is well-regarded inside the coaching world and especially so by his players. Under Smith, the Huskies led the Pac-12 and ranked eight in the nation in scoring last season.

In four seasons as a Beaver, Smith passed for 9,680 yards and 55 touchdowns. He was also part of the 2000 team that earned a bid to the Fiesta Bowl.

It’d make sense for Smith to be eyed closely by his alma mater. Oregon State went 11-1 in 2000, his junior season. The Beavers haven’t won 11 games since, and have only hit the 10-game threshold once.

Smith knows what it’s like to win in Corvallis, and he’s currently guiding the offense of the Pac-12’s top College Football Playoff contender. He’s likely to be a head coach in the next year or so.

Another coordinator from the Huskies that Feldman identified is co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake.

Washington co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake is a very polished guy who seems to impress everyone. The former NFL assistant has done outstanding work boosting the Huskies’ secondary and is destined to land a head coaching job sooner than later.

Lake has been with Washington since 2014. In 2017, the Huskies currently rank 7th nationally in pass defense, coughing up just 150.3 yards per game. That mark ranks 2nd in the Pac-12, behind only Washington State.

Smith seems like the more likely candidate than Lake. But with both being potential targets of Oregon State, Corvallis has the opportunity to transform into South Seattle.

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