Red roundup: Harbaugh praises Smith

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  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Oct. 6, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    Alex Smith is a quality guy, and hopefully will continue to improve in the pros. He hasn't had the best luck (injuries) and circumstances (rotating door in the SF OC office) - I hope he finds success.

    As for his college career, many of you, especially PAC man, need to look at his stats. He was an exceptional QB.

    Touchdown to interception ratio - 32-4 in 2004, and 47-8 for his career.

    QB rating - 176.5 in 2004, and 164.4 for his career.

    Rushing yards - 631 (4.7 yards per carry) in 2004, and 1072 (3.7 ypc) in career.

    Don't misunderstand me, I know that Sarkesian was a great college quarterback. But for your benefit, here is a head-to-head comparison:

    QB pass rush total passTD-int rushTD totTD-TO QBrating
    Smith 2952 631 3583 32-4 10 42-4 176.5
    Sark 4027 -44 3983 33-12 01 34-12 173.6

    Smith had 400 fewer yards from scrimmage, but 8 more touchdowns and 8 fewer turnovers.

    He graduated with a 3.74 GPA, and was working toward a master's degree while leading the Ute to their 2004 undefeated season.

    What's not to like?

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 12:34 a.m.


    "Of course, you've actually not won any of those, you simply cheer for those who have. Congrats"

    I'm sorry, would you mind delineating for us what accomplishments you and Alex Smith have in common? Or do you simply cheer for him "because he has."

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Oct. 5, 2011 11:58 p.m.


    Alex Smith played in an era that allowed him to play in a BCS game by beating only three teams with winning records:

    Texas A&M (7-5)
    New Mexico (7-5)
    Wyoming (7-5)

    Spin it however you want, but he wasn't good enough to win a single national individual award.

    Sarkisian may not have gone undefeated, but he won two more games in 1996 than Alex won in 2004, and Sarkisian played SEVEN teams with winning records, including three Top 25 teams. Alex didn't play a single team that finished in the AP Top 25.

    Sarkisian - Sammy Baugh Award Winner
    1995 3437 yards
    1996 4027 yards

    Smith - no national awards
    2003 2247 yards
    2004 2952 yards

    Utah's "best quarterback" ever, couldn't even break the 3,000 yards passing barrier, something BYU's quarterback greats did routinely.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    @ What Now

    Let's go back to last week: 31 - 14 UW. Utah Pac 12 record, after two conference games, one at home = 0 - 2. Love those utes, who will likely be 0 - 3 in the PAC 10.2 after Saturday.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 5, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Jealous U:

    BCS? No. But those BYU QBs played in an era that allowed them to go undefeated---yet only Robbie Bosco accomplished that. Alex Smith did it, en route to finishing 21-1 as a starter.

    Of course, you've actually not won any of those, you simply cheer for those who have. Congrats.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    Alex seems to be in a good position with Harbaugh.

    Winning is an amazing remedy.


    Going back to 1984.

    Let's go back to 9/17/11.

    UTAH 54 BYU 10,

    at Provo,

    on NATIONAL television.

    That's the kind of NATIONAL exposure BYU was so eagerly seeking?

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 5, 2011 7:52 p.m.

    Much deserved recognition in Sports Illustrated for former Ute and #1 overall draft pick Alex Smith and not a hint of the Y mentioned yet the little mid major Y fans are out trolling just for the sake of it. Once an ankle biter always an ankle biter I guess.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    Re: Jealous U

    Grandpa tells me about that national title all the time. Even I Uncle Rico am not old enough to remember it.

    Grandpa tells me how great that team was. He also tells me how he used to have to walk to school 18 miles, up hill both ways.

  • Jordan Lynchburg, VA
    Oct. 5, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    Jealous U, call us next time you beat us.

  • Jealous U Alpine, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    Uncle Rico

    Since none of the aforementioned BYU QBs played during the BCS era, BCS victories is hardly relevant.

    On the other hand, the Heisman, Sammy Baugh, and Davey O'Brien trophies have all been awarded for decades, and Alex Smith didn't come close to winning any of those awards.

    National Championships
    BYU 1
    Utah 0

    Call us when Utah wins a national award of any kind.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    Re: gdog3finally

    BCS Bowl Victories:
    Alex Smith 1
    BYU 0

    Undefeated Seasons:
    Alex Smith 1
    BYU 1

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Alex Smith had a great senior season, but I'm not sure he was better than Scott Mitchell. Alex had a better supporting cast, but Scott was probably a better QB. Neither was better than Sheide, Nielson, Wilson, McMahon, Young, Bosco, Detmer, or Sarkisian.

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 5, 2011 3:50 p.m.


    Alex Smith may be hands down the best QB the Utes have ever had, but if he was really as good as you believe, why didn't he win a single national individual award?

    The Sammy Baugh Trophy is awarded to the nation's best passer.
    Gary Sheide(1974)
    Marc Wilson(1979)
    Jim McMahon(1981)
    Steve Young(1983)
    Robbie Bosco (1984)
    Ty Detmer(1991)
    Steve Sarkisian(1996)

    btw, Gifford Nielson was voted the "national player of the week" two of the three weeks prior to blowing out his knee against Oregon State.

    The Davey O'Brien Award has honored the nation's best quarterback since 1981.
    Jim McMahon(1981)
    Steve Young(1983)
    Ty Detmer(1990, 1991)

    The Heisman Trophy
    Ty Detmer(1st in 1990, 3rd in 1991)
    Marc Wilson (3rd in 1979)
    Jim McMahon (5th in 1980, 3rd in 1981)
    Steve Young (2nd in 1983)
    Robbie Bosco (3rd in 1984 and 1985)
    Alex Smith (4th in 2004)

    Alex Smith may yet have a decent career in the NFL, but his college accomplishiments pale in comparison to the BYU quarterback greats.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    I love seeing Alex Smith succeed after so many years of struggling. We Ute fans knew he had it in him all along. Now with the right coaching staff and offensive scheme he's able to show it. Good for you Alex!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 5, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    Alex is a solid dude. He has had 6 offensive coordinators in the NFL. With that kind of instability, it's been near impossible for Alex to succeed. Making the adjustment from a spread offense in college under Urban Myer to the NFL is hard enough.

    Alex has had a weak offensive line for much of his time in the NFL. And he was thrown to the wolves on a nothing team from the beginning. His body has been blown up (fitting of Harbaugh's description).

    Trying to learn a new NFL system each year while getting your brains beat out by defenses and media outlets has to have been brutal. Harbaugh's recognition of Alex's character and resilency shows the bright man Harbaugh is.

    I would love nothing more than to see Alex Smith prove all of the haters wrong. He is hands down the best QB the Utes have ever had. And in my opinion, Smith is up there with the best QB's the state has ever seen. Steve Young and Jim McMahon are on top, but I put Smith ahead of Detmer, Wilson, Neilson, Sarkisian, and Sheide.

  • jazzfan14 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 11:06 a.m.

    Hopefully he keeps this up and becomes the Alex Smith we remember him to be!

  • D'Anconia Providence, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    Alex Smith's resiliency is driving the haters nuts! Love it!