Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw has seen his fair share of Pac-12 Conference games, teams and coaches throughout his 10 years coaching college football in Palo Alto, California.
Shaw is one of the toughest coaches to face in the entirety of the Pac-12. He entered this season with an 86-34 (.717) career record, including 58-23 (.716) in conference play.
Turns out, he has been a big fan of another coach in the conference since day one.
Shaw was a recent guest on the Brian Noe Show to preview their upcoming game against Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis, Oregon.
“I’m a Jonathan Smith fan, I have been since day one,” said coach Shaw. “Of course I remember him as a player at Oregon State but even more so I heard about him from different people. He’s got a great mind for the game, he’s really good about communicating with his players, they respect him a lot and respond to him.
“He’s instilled confidence. A lot of coaches that can come in and “ra ra” and get you kind of emotional and that emotion doesn’t last, and then there are guys that can steady the ship a little bit and that’s exactly what he’s done since day one. He’s steadied the ship, been smart, and made good decisions.
If you take away anything from this 2020 Oregon State football season, it’s that this team has absolutely no quit and that’s something that trickles down from their head coach.
Year three with Jonathan Smith is nearly complete and the progression is evident.
In 2018, the Beavs defense ranked last in the conference allowing 536.8 yards per game. Now in 2020, Oregon State has jumped three spots and now allows 434.8 yards per game.
The Beavers could easily be 3-2 and in contention for the Pac-12 North champion title right now if not for a horrendous, game-changing bad spot in the fourth quarter against the Washington Huskies. Oregon State also has that big win over rival Oregon. If quarterback Tristan Gebbia doesn’t get hurt in that game against the Ducks, just imagine what this season could have been in Corvallis...
But one thing is for sure: this Oregon State football program is in good hands with Smith in the driver seat.
The Beavers (2-3) and Cardinal (2-2) will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. (PT) on Saturday at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.