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 / Recruiting Coordinator
Zach Smith is in his sixth season as wide receivers coach at Ohio State and he carries the additional responsibility of staff recruiting coordinator. The youngest member of the coaching staff has quickly established himself as a fine young football coach and one of the best recruiters in the nation, particularly up and down and all along the east coast.
Instrumental in the recruitment and signings of many key Buckeyes the past five years, Smith has received numerous accolades for these efforts, including being named the 2016 Scout.com Big Ten recruiter of the year, a 2015 and 2016 Rivals “top recruiter” and the 2014 Big Ten recruiter of the year by both Rivals and Scout.
While Smith has proven adept at getting the talent to Ohio State, he has also been equally successful at teaching that talent to go play and to play well. Consider:
• Curtis Samuel was a first-team All-American in 2016 after a 74-catch, 865-yard campaign;
• In each of the past four seasons he has had multiple receivers earn all-Big Ten Conference accolades: Samuel and Noah Brown in 2016, Michael Thomas, Braxton Miller and Jalin Marshall in 2015, Thomas, Evan Spencer and Devin Smith in 2014, and Smith and Corey “Philly” Brown in 2013.
• His wide receiver unit has produced three team captains: Brown, Spencer and Miller; and
• He’s had a receiver – Smith – lead the nation in yards per catch (28.2 in 2015).
The Ohio State receivers are reaching the NFL as well. Samuels was the third Ohio State receiver in the last three years to be drafted in the second round, after Devin Smith in 2015 (New York Jets) and Michael Thomas in 2016 (New Orleans). Thomas had a terrific rookie campaign with the Saints, leading all rookies in the NFL in receptions (92), yards (1,137) and TDs (nine) while his 92 receptions was second-most in NFL history for a rookie.
Additionally, Braxton Miller (Houston, 2016) and Noah Brown (Dallas, 2017) were NFL Draft picks and Corey Brown is now a three-year NFL veteran. Jalin Marshall spent the 2016 season with the New York Jets after signing a free agent contract.
Smith was hired by Urban Meyer in early 2012 after he previously had assisted under former Meyer assistants Doc Holliday and Steve Addazio. Smith worked for Holliday at Marshall and for Addazio, who is now at Boston College, at Temple. He coached the positions of wide receivers and special teams at each stop.
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 has a young son, Cameron, and a daughter, Quinn Olivia.
Zach Smith Coaching Experience
|2015-pres.||Wide Receivers / Recruiting Coord.||Ohio State|
|2012-2014||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: 13th (Sixth year at Ohio State)
Children: Son, Cameron and daughter, Quinn Olivia.
Urban Meyer Press Conference 3/6/18