Many people have factored into Washington's return to football prominence this season. But one of the most prominent has been offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith.
With news this morning that UCLA head coach Jim Mora fired offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu, one wonders if the Bruins have Smith on their short list.
Under Smith, Washington is third nationally in scoring at 44.8 points per game. His quarterback Jake Browning has thrown for a school-record 40 touchdown passes this season and is a Heisman Trophy candidate. The Huskies have also featured two receivers (John Ross and Dante Pettis) with doube-digit touchdown receptions on the year. This had never happened before in the long, illustrious history of Husky football.
Washington coach Chris Petersen can only hope that the Smith-to-UCLA rumors don't become a distraction as the Huskies vie for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Smith arrived in Seattle in 2014 as part of Petersen's staff. As a player, he was a four-year starter at quarterback at Oregon State. Smith was previously the quarterbacks coach for two seasons at Boise State, also under Petersen, and the offensive coordinator for two seasons at Montana.