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Oregon State names UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith head coach

Former Oregon State quarterback Jonathan Smith is reportedly leaving UW for his alma mater. (AP)

The Washington Huskies will have a new offensive coordinator in 2018.

Jonathan Smith, UW’s current offensive coordinator, has been named Oregon State’s new head coach. He was introduced as the head of the Beavers’ staff on Thursday. The news of his hiring was first reported on Wednesday by The Oregorian.

Smith, 38, came to Washington along with head coach Chris Petersen from Boise State, assuming the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach roles beginning with the 2014 season.

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With Jake Browning at quarterback, Smith’s offense helped the Huskies win the Pac-12 championship and earn a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff in 2016. The Huskies ranked 15th in total offense in the FBS and eighth in points per game that season, but Smith’s offense slid to ranking 55th in the FBS in total offense in 2017, though it still ranked 18th in scoring.

Smith was a quarterback at Oregon State from 1998-2001. His coaching career has included stops with the Beavers as a graduate assistant, Idaho (quarterbacks coach, 2004-09), Montana (offensive coordinator, 2010-11) and Boise State (quarterbacks coach, 2012-13).