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First-time head coach Johnathan Smith looking to kick off OSU football season

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The start of a new college football season kicks off just four weeks from Saturday with the first games of the new year

After a one win season last fall, the Beavers look to turn over a new leaf with an old name.

While coach Gary Andersen walked out mid-season, former Beaver walk-on Jonathan Smith returns to lead his alma mater as a first-time head coach. 

“I’ve just tried to be authentic because a lot of what these guys been through as far as coaching changes, I went through and it turned out really well. The opportunity to get coached by multiple people sometimes is a real benefit,” Smith said.

After a program low last fall, Smith is back in Beaver Nation where he led OSU to its highest of highs nearly 20 years ago.

“I know what we want it to look like, I know that we have some work to do just like everyone in this conference. In this league, it is so competitive that every year is new and every year is different so we want to establish a work ethic and some discipline,” Smith said.

The former Washington offensive coordinator hired another coach, Brian Lindgren. The Walla Walla raised play-caller likes to mix a pro-style system with a college spread offense. 

“We like talking ball together and I really like where we were headed in the spring and I think it’s all going to play off who is our quarterback? What does our personnel end up looking like by the end of fall camp? That’s the direction that we’ll take,” Lindgren said.

On the other side of the tranches, former Wisconsin assistant Tim Tibesar takes over as defensive coordinator. The one-time Chicago Bears assistant has also been a DC at Purdue, Kansas State and North Dakota. 

Like the Beavers, the Ducks will kick open training camp on Friday. But while Oregon hosts Bowling Green in week one, these Beavs will be looking for more than luck in Columbus, Ohio on Sept. 1 with Ohio State. 

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