DENNIS ERICKSON SAID the following about this quarterback, "He's smart, he understands what's going on, he knows where to go with the ball, he knows exactly what we want. That makes him very efficient." ...his story is part of 27 articles in 29 days as BF.C unveils its all-decade team.

NOTE: To be eligible for the BF.C All-Decade Team the players must have played at least 50-percent of their careers this decade (2000-2009) at Oregon State. For the all-time letter winners visit

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BF.C All-Decade Team

| 5-10, 194
Lettered at OSU: 1998-2001
High school: Glendora HS | Glendora, CA
Awards/All-conference:  2001 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP, 2001 honorable mention All-Pac-10, 2000 honorable mention All-Pac-10

What others say:  Former Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson - "He knows the offense as well as we know it,. He is 5-10. That's a deficiency to some people. But he's smart, he understands what's going on, he knows where to go with the ball, he knows exactly what we want. That makes him very efficient."

Career synopsis:  Sure, other quarterbacks at Oregon State have put up more passing yards in a season, more touchdowns and completed a greater percentage passes than Jonathan Smith, but none this decade have taken their team to a BCS bowl game, earned a share of the Pac-10 title and finished a season in the top five.

Smith was the first of Mike Riley's many walk ons that earned a scholarship, shattered school records and helped turn Oregon State into one of the most successful programs in the Pac-10 during the last 10 seasons.

Even though Smith wasn't the most accurate quarterback, he completed just 50.6-percent of his passes, he did not turn the ball over much.  Each one of the quarterbacks after him, Sean Canfield, Lyle Moevao, Matt Moore and Derek Anderson all had at least one year where they basically had a 1:1 ratio of touchdowns to interceptions - Smith never did that.

When Smith graduated he owned seven school passing records.  Currently he is second on the school's passing list for career yards (9,680) and career touchdowns (55).

Career statistics: 638 of 1,261 (50.6%) for 9,680 yards, 55 touchdowns

Runner up: Matt Moore (2005-06) - One of the quickest to pick up Mike Riley's system it is scary to think what Moore would have done with one more year of eligibility.  Moore was sizzling his senior season completing 229 of 378 passes (60.6%), including a school record 182 passes without an interception, for 2,896 yards, 18 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while leading the team to just its second double digit winning season in school history.

Others worth mentioning: Derek Anderson (2001-04), Sean Canfield (2005-08)

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