Steve Smith (quarterback)

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Steve Smith is a former American football quarterback. He was the starting quarterback for the University of Michigan Wolverines from 1981 to 1983.

Smith was recruited from Grand Blanc High School in Grand Blanc, Michigan by Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. He also played high school football for Swartz Creek prior to transferring to Grand Blanc for his senior year, joining his former high school coach. Smith was considered a running quarterback and while he employed speed, agility and, good field vision, he was also a competent passer. He started all 12 games for the 1981 Wolverines and led the team to a record of 9–2 in the regular season and a win over UCLA in the 1981 Bluebonnet Bowl.[1] He again started all 12 games at quarterback for the 1982 Wolverines, leading the team to a record of 8–3 in the regular season, and a berth in the 1983 Rose Bowl, where the Wolverines lost to UCLA, 24–14.[2] Receiver Anthony Carter was Smith's main target in 1981 and 1982, earning All-American honors both years. As a senior in 1983, Smith threw four touchdown passes in a game against the Purdue Boilermakers. He led the 1983 Wolverines to a 9–2 record in the regular season and a berth in the 1984 Sugar Bowl, where the Wolverines lost to Auburn, 9–7.[3] Smith was 26–10 as a starter for the Wolverines and passed for 42 touchdowns. He rushed 329 times for 1,736 yards. When he finished his career at Michigan, he was also the team's all time leading passer, a record that has since been surpassed.

Career passing statistics[edit]

Season Att Comp Int Comp % Yds Yds/Comp TD Long
1980 6 3 0 50.0 44 14.7 0 24
1981 210 97 11 46.2 1,661 17.1 15 71
1982 227 118 13 52.0 1,735 14.7 14 62
1983 205 106 8 51.7 1,420 13.4 13 67
Career total 648 324 32 50.0 4,860 15.0 42 71

Career rushing statistics[edit]

Season Att Yd+ Yd- Net Yd Yd/Att TD Long
1980 9 29 21 8 0.9 0 9
1981 134 810 136 674 5.0 12 42
1982 83 438 51 387 4.7 9 37
1983 103 738 71 667 6.5 10 75
Career total 329 2015 279 1736 5.3 31 75

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  2. ^ "1982 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. 
  3. ^ "1983 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library.