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Jeff Smoker
Jeff Smoker

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Manheim, Pa.

High School:
Manheim Central

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 224

Position:
QB

Birthdate:
06/13/1981

Experience:
3L


Veteran quarterback seeks full reinstatement to the active roster in 2003...suspended for the last five games of the 2002 season after admitting a substance abuse problem...participated in spring drills but was not allowed to compete for the starting job...completed 27-of-46 passes (.587) for 327 yards and three touchdowns in four spring scrimmages...completed eight-of-16 throws for 118 yards, including a 29-yard TD strike to Jason Randall, in the April 19 scrimmage...plays his best when the game is on the line...has a knack for making things happen because he remains cool under pressure...already ranks among MSU's all-time leaders in total yards (second with 5,435), passing yards (third with 5,537), touchdown passes (fourth with 40), pass completions (fifth with 383), pass attempts (sixth with 662) and completion percentage (seventh at .579)...needs only 122 total yards in 2003 to overtake Ed Smith (1976-78) and become Michigan State's career leader in total offense...has 13 career 200-yard passing games...has compiled a 13-11 record in 24 career starts...AS A JUNIOR: Started the first seven games of the 2002 season at quarterback, playing 199.5 minutes...suspended for the last five games vs. Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Purdue and Penn State...completed 114-of-203 throws (.562) for 1,593 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions...through seven games, he ranked among the Big Ten leaders in TD passes (fourth), passing yards (fifth at 227.6 yards per game) and passing efficiency (seventh with 133.4 rating)...posted his sixth 200-yard passing game of the season vs. Minnesota to earn Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors, hitting 17-of-29 passes for 229 yards...his 20-yard TD toss to BJ Lovett in the fourth quarter vs. Iowa extended his MSU-record streak of consecutive games with at least one scoring pass to 14...connected on 15-of-24 passes for 263 yards and two scores in the 2002 Big Ten opener vs. Northwestern, marking his Spartan-record ninth-straight 200-yard passing game...his 21-yard strike to Charles Rogers in the second quarter vs. Northwestern helped put the Spartan receiver's name in the NCAA (13 regular-season contests) and Big Ten (14 overall) record books for consecutive games with a TD reception...also reached two other career milestones vs. Northwestern, becoming only the fourth quarterback in MSU history to throw for 5,000 yards and only the fifth Spartan to account for 5,000 total yards...completed 19-of-34 passes for 281 yards, including two TD strikes to Charles Rogers, in MSU's 21-17 loss to No. 12 Notre Dame...led a furious fourth-quarter rally against the Irish, completing 11-of-14 passes (79 percent) for 182 yards and two scores in the final period...connected on four-of-five throws for 83 yards on MSU's 10-play, 97-yard drive for a go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter vs. Notre Dame...his 21-yard TD toss to Rogers on fourth-and-11 gave the Spartans a 17-14 lead over Notre Dame with 1:45 on the clock...threw for 206 yards (16-33) and two touchdowns vs. California, including scoring tosses of 15 yards to Rogers and 2 yards to Randall...completed 16-of-26 throws for 213 yards and three scores vs. Rice...opened the game against Rice with 10 straight completions... completed 14-of-24 throws for 232 yards and three scores in MSU's 56-7 victory over Eastern Michigan in the 2002 season opener...AS A SOPHOMORE: Shared MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award with tailback T.J. Duckett, wide receiver Charles Rogers and safety Thomas Wright...started 11 of 12 games at quarterback in 2001 and played 273.5 minutes (DNP vs. Purdue)...led the Big Ten in passing efficiency with his 166.4 rating - the third-best single-season mark in league history - and finished fourth in total offense, averaging 229.2 yards per game...ranked sixth in the NCAA with his 162.8 QB rating...threw for a Spartan single-season record 21 touchdowns...his 166 pass completions (seventh), 262 pass attempts (seventh), .634 completion percentage (fifth) and 2,579 passing yards (third) all rank among the top single-season totals in Spartan history...named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week four times (vs. Central Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan and Missouri)...over his last eight games, completed 64 percent (143-223) of his throws for 2,283 yards (285.4 per game), 20 TDs and seven interceptions...posted six 200-yard passing games during that eight-game stretch, including three-straight 300-yard efforts...completed 22-of-32 throws for a career-best 376 yards and three scores in leading MSU to a 44-35 victory over No. 20 Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Football Classic...his 376 passing yards set a Spartan-bowl record and produced the second-best single-game total in school history...matched his career high with three TD passes vs. Fresno State, including scoring strikes of 72 and 69 yards to Rogers and 5 yards to Ivory McCoy that iced the game...despite playing only two-and-a-half quarters vs. Missouri in the regular-season finale, threw for 317 yards (14-17) to become only the eighth quarterback in MSU history to throw for 2,000 yards in a season...had two TD passes vs. Mizzou, including scoring tosses of 32 yards to Rogers and 42 yards to Little John Flowers...his 289.6 QB rating vs. Missouri marked the third-best figure posted by an NCAA I-A quarterback in 2001...after missing the Nov. 17 game at Purdue with a sprained left shoulder, returned to the starting lineup vs. Penn State and set career highs for pass attempts (36) and completions (24) while his three TD passes equaled his personal best...his 356 passing yards vs. Penn State marked the fifth-best single-game total in Spartan history...connected on 20-of-30 passes for 288 yards and three scores vs. Indiana...directed his fourth game-winning fourth-quarter drive of his career against sixth-ranked Michigan, helping the Spartans overcome a 24-20 deficit in the final 2:09...managed a 15-play, 44-yard drive and his 2-yard TD toss to Duckett as time expired gave MSU a 26-24 victory...his 17-yard strike to Herb Haygood on third-and-10 from the Michigan 35 and his 8-yard completion to Duckett on fourth-and-3 from the Wolverine 11 kept the drive alive in the final minute...threw for 183 yards (15-35) and two scores in his first career start vs. Michigan...completed 13-of-20 passes for 326 yards and three TDs in MSU's 42-28 win at Wisconsin...his 271.4 QB rating vs. Wisconsin marked the eighth-highest grade recorded in NCAA I-A football in 2001...threw for 258 yards (21-33) and two scores vs. Minnesota...AS A FRESHMAN: Honorable mention Freshman All-America selection by Rivals.com...saw action in nine games in 2000, compiling a 3-3 record in six starts, and played 223.5 minutes...completed 103-of-197 passes (.523) for a Michigan State freshman-record 1,365 yards and six touchdowns in 2000...became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Michigan State since Dave Yarema in 1982 (vs. Indiana)...played a major role in all five of the Spartans' wins in 2000...directed three game-winning drives in the fourth quarter - vs. Illinois, Notre Dame and Missouri...earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after accounting for 241 total yards and two scores in MSU's 30-10 upset win over ninth-ranked Purdue...completed 12-of-23 throws for 195 yards vs. Purdue, including an 18-yard TD strike to Chris Baker in the second quarter...added 46 yards rushing on 11 attempts vs. the Boilermakers, including a 2-yard TD run to open the scoring...displayed his fourth-quarter heroics vs. Illinois, orchestrating an 11-play, 82-yard drive that produced a 1-yard TD run by Dawan Moss...completed five-of-seven throws for 64 yards on the game-winning drive vs. Illinois and scrambled 9 yards for a first down on a key third-down play...iced the Illinois game by managing an 11-play, 49-yard drive that consumed the final 4:51...his 4-yard keeper on third-and-4 with 2:14 left kept the drive alive vs. the Illini...came of the bench vs. Wisconsin and threw for 119 yards in the second half (six-of-11 passing)...set season-high marks for attempts (35), completions (17) and passing yards (233) vs. Northwestern...hit 12-of-24 passes for 181 yards vs. Notre Dame, including a 68-yard TD strike to Herb Haygood on a fourth-and-10 play with 1:58 left to give the Spartans a 27-21 victory over the Fighting Irish...completed 10-of-24 passes for 157 yards with one interception in his first collegiate start, a 13-10 victory at Missouri...connected on 16-of-24 throws for 138 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his collegiate debut vs. Marshall...took over the offense in the second quarter of the season opener vs. Marshall after Ryan Van Dyke bruised his right thumb late in the first quarter...got the offense untracked in the second half vs. Marshall, leading the Spartans to scores on four of their five possessions...his 7-yard TD toss to Shawn Foster with 7:10 left in the third quarter gave MSU the lead for good at 17-10 over the Thundering Herd...HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Consensus All-American...ranked among the nation's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 23) and ESPN.com recruiting analyst Tom Lemming...rated among the country's top 10 quarterbacks by PrepStar (No. 3), SuperPrep (No. 3) and Lemming (No. 6)...ranked as the Eastern Region's No. 1 quarterback and the No. 4 player overall by PrepStar...named to PrepStar's All-Eastern and SuperPrep's All-Northeastern Teams...first-team all-state QB completed 150-of-235 passes (.638) for 2,458 yards, 26 touchdowns and only seven interceptions as a senior...rushed for nearly 600 yards and 10 TDs in 1999...connected on 110-of-173 throws (.636) for 1,993 yards, 17 TDs and only five INTs as a junior...compiled a 30-4 record (.882) as a three-year starter for Coach Mike Williams at Manheim (Pa.) Central High School ...son of Jay and Sue Smoker...born June 13, 1981...majoring in psychology.

Smoker's Statistics
Passing	 G/GS   Att.   Comp.   Int.  Pct.  Yds.   TD   LG
2000	 9/6	197    103     7     .523  1365   6    68
2001	 11/11	262    166     8     .634  2579   21   87
2002	 7/7	203    114     10    .562  1593   13   59
Career	 27/24	662    383     25    .579  5537   40   87

Rushing Att. Yds. Avg. TD LG 2000 73 -5 -0.1 2 19 2001 81 -58 -0.7 2 17 2002 38 -39 -1.0 0 11 Career 192 -102 -0.5 4 19

Smoker's Career Highs Pass Attempts: 36, vs. Penn State (2001) Pass Completions: 24, vs. Penn State (2001) Passing Yards: 376, vs. Fresno State (2001) Passing TDs: 3, six times (last vs. Rice, 2002) Interceptions: 2, six times (last vs. Iowa, 2002)

Smoker's Game-By-Game Statistics 2000 Passing Att. Comp. Int. Pct. Yds. TD Marshall 24 16 1 .667 138 1 Missouri 24 10 1 .417 157 0 Notre Dame 24 12 1 .500 181 2 Northwestern 35 17 1 .486 233 1 Iowa DNP Wisconsin 11 6 1 .545 119 0 Michigan DNP Illinois 13 7 0 .539 82 0 Ohio State 18 10 1 .556 77 0 Purdue 23 12 1 .522 195 1 Penn State 25 13 0 .520 183 1 Totals 197 103 7 .523 1365 6

2001 Passing Att. Comp. Int. Pct. Yds. TD Central Michigan 23 15 1 .652 196 1 Notre Dame 10 5 0 .500 59 0 Northwestern 6 3 0 .500 41 0 Iowa 20 14 0 .700 179 2 Minnesota 33 21 1 .636 258 2 Wisconsin 20 13 2 .650 326 3 Michigan 35 15 0 .429 183 2 Indiana 30 20 2 .667 288 3 Penn State 36 24 0 .667 356 3 Missouri 17 14 1 .824 317 2 Fresno State 32 22 1 .688 376 3 Totals 262 166 8 .634 2579 21

2002 Passing Att. Comp. Int. Pct. Yds. TD Eastern Michigan 24 14 1 .583 232 3 Rice 26 16 0 .615 213 3 California 33 16 2 .483 206 2 Notre Dame 34 19 2 .559 281 2 Northwestern 24 15 2 .625 263 2 Iowa 33 17 2 .515 169 1 Minnesota 29 17 1 .586 229 0 Wisconsin DNP Michigan DNP Indiana DNP Purdue DNP Penn State DNP Totals 203 114 10 .562 1593 13

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