Register Guard Overlooks Akili Smith

While most of my blog content relates to fishing, as an avid sports fan, I simply have to comment how they rated Akili Smith in their Oregon Football ’14 insert in the Saturday, August 28th edition of the Eugene Register Guard.

Smith threw for 45 touchdowns against 15 interceptions while playing for the Oregon Ducks which compares favorably with any Duck quarterback not named Marcus Mariota. But in 1999, Smith did something even Mariota has yet to accomplish – and that is go an entire season averaging more than ten yards per pass attempt – and he did it with virtually no running attack since Reuben Droughns had a broken foot.

The NFL thought highly enough of Smith to make him the second quarterback drafted that year.

He couldn’t lift a terrible Cincinatti Bengals team with terrible receivers and had a short forgettable NFL career.

However, in his senior season he led Oregon to a victory over a tough Colorado team in a bowl game – and definitely deserves to be on the short list when it comes to the University of Oregon’s greatest quarterbacks.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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