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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
Zach Smith is in his third season as Ohio State's wide receivers coach, and the 2014 season will be his fifth year of coaching in a fulltime capacity on the collegiate level. And he's developing into a fine coach on and off the field. Consider:
Smith was hired by Urban Meyer in early 2012 after he previously had been hired by 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.
"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.
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