Trip will feature overload of game action plus Cincinnati sights, sounds and tastes. And bling!
Players on the receiving (and blocking) end of things met with the media after practice
Watch interviews with wide receivers coach Zach Smith, Etienne Sabino and Corey Linsley
Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight meetings with the Spartans
Ohio State looking to move to 4-0 before the start of Big Ten play
Wide Receivers Coach
Zach Smith is in his fourth season as Ohio State's wide receivers coach, and the 2015 season is his fifth year of coaching in a fulltime capacity on the collegiate level. He's developing into a fine coach on and off the field. Consider:
- Three of his 2014 receivers -- Evan Spencer, Devin Smith and Michael Thomas -- were named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference;
- Spencer was a team captain and the team MVP; Smith led the nation in yards per catch (28.2); and Thomas led Ohio State in catches (54);
- Smith's leading receiver his first two years at Ohio State -- Corey Brown -- played for the Carolina Panthers as a rookie in 2014 after serving as a team captain and all-Big Ten Conference selection for the Buckeyes. He also was just the second receiver in Ohio State history to record over 60 receptions in back-to-back seasons; and
- On the recruiting trail, Smith was named as a 2015 Top 25 recruiter by Rivals.com -- for the second consecutive year -- and he was named in 2014 as the Scout.com Big Ten recruiter of the year.
"I know what a quality coach Zach is," Meyer said. "He knows my system inside and out and he teaches the system the way I want it to be taught."
Smith spent five years as a graduate assistant and quality control assistant for Meyer at Florida, during which time Florida won a pair of national championships while producing some of the best offensive and special teams units in the country. Smith was a special teams quality control coach for three years (2005-07) and an offensive graduate assistant for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He assisted with coaching the UF wide receivers, including Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy, quarterbacks and special teams during his time in Gainesville.
Smith left Florida to work on Holliday's staff at Marshall for the 2010 season. He then moved on to Temple when Steve Addazio took over in 2011.
Marshall's receivers totaled 152 catches for 1,824 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2010 and featured all-Conference USA performer Aaron Dobson. Temple's receivers managed 66 catches for 961 yards and eight touchdowns despite the Owls featuring the seventh-best rushing offense in the country and the top unit in the Mid-American Conference.
Additionally, Temple's special teams ranked first in the MAC in kickoff returns and second in net punting and punt returns. Those units also ranked fourth, 14th and 23rd nationally. Temple won nine games during Smith's season, including its first bowl win (37-15 over Wyoming in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl) in 32 years.
Smith, the grandson of former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce, attended Dublin Coffman High School. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in sports management. He and his wife, Courtney, have a young son, Cameron, and a daughter, Quinn Olivia.
Zach Smith Coaching Experience
|2012-pres.||Wide Receivers||Ohio State|
|2011||Wide Receivers/Special Teams||Temple|
Zach Smith Quick Facts
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
High School: Dublin Coffman
Alma Mater: University of Florida, 2007
Years in Coaching: 6th (Fourth year at Ohio State)
Children: Son, Cameron and daughter, Quinn Olivia.
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