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average of 158.8 yards per game. In 2005, the Jaguars scored 361 points, 100 more than the previous season, and compiled a 12-4 record. Smith worked with Carroll in 2004 at USC, where he mentored Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and helped USC win the national championship. For 32 of his last 35 seasons, Smith has been an assistant at the professional level, beginning with three years (1983-85) with the Philadelphia/ Baltimore Stars of the USFL. The Stars won the league title his final two seasons. He entered the NFL coaching arena with New Orleans in 1986, serving as its offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the next 11 seasons. During that time, the franchise recorded its first-ever winning season, earned its first playoff berth, won its first division title and qualified for the postseason on four occasions. Smith and Carroll worked together in New England from 1997-99. Under his watch in 1997, Drew Bledsoe completed more than 60 percent of his passes, threw for more than 3,700 yards and set career-highs in touchdown passes (28) and passer rating (87.7) as he was voted to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. Prior to the NFL, Smith was an assistant at the collegiate level for 12 seasons, with the final six as an offensive coordinator. Smith and Carroll first worked together in 1982 at North Carolina State when Smith was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and Carroll was defensive coordinator/secondary coach. Smith lettered in football as a defensive back at Cal Poly- SLO from 1969-70 after transferring from Bakersfield College where he played quarterback from 1966-67. He earned his bachelor’s (1971) and master’s (1972) degrees in physical education from Cal-Poly SLO, as well as a teaching credential. Born on April 26, 1948, in Wasco, Calif., Smith and his wife, Dianne, have three sons, Tracy, Tyler and Nicholas, and a grandson, Troy. NICK SORENSEN SECONDARY SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 5TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 5TH YEAR Named to the Seahawks staff as an assistant special teams coach on February 13, 2013, Sorensen joined the NFL coaching ranks after spending 2012 as a volunteer defensive quality control coach at Youngstown State following his NFL career. This season, he and Andre Curtis will lead the defensive backfield after a promotion to secondary coach on March 16, 2017. Sorensen spent 10 seasons in the NFL as a safety, playing for three different franchises (St. Louis 2001-02, Jacksonville 2003-06, Cleveland 2007-10). He signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001 before signing with St. Louis. He played in 131 games primarily on special teams, collecting 133 special teams tackles, along with 27 tackles on defense (18 solo) and 0.5 sacks. Sorensen played three career postseason games, all with St. Louis, including Super Bowl XXXVI vs. New England after the 2001 season. Born on July 31, 1978 in Winter Haven, Fla., Sorensen graduated Virginia Tech with a degree in marketing. He and his wife, Danielle, have two sons, Stone and Nash. JAMIE YANCHAR ASSISTANT STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 8TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 8TH YEAR Hired on February 4, 2010, Yanchar joined the Seahawks after 19 years of service in southern California, working with L.A.’s professional sports teams, including 19 years in USC’s strength program. Winners of Super Bowl XLVIII over Denver, Yanchar works alongside Chris Carlisle and Mondray Gee helping implement a regimen of mobility, stability, strength and power. In his time at USC, he was responsible for designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for baseball, football, women’s tennis and volleyball. He also contributed to USC’s national championship teams in men’s and women’s water polo, women’s track & field, men’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and back-to-back national football titles, as well as being a part of 13 college football bowl teams, with five Rose Bowl appearances. Along with his USC duties, Yanchar worked for the L.A. Rams (1992-95) in a volunteer strength role, the L.A. Lakers (1993-95) as a strength consultant, the NHL’s Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-96) and the WNBA’s L.A. Sparks (1997-99). He first broke in to the NFL as a volunteer with the Cleveland Browns during his time as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Louisville, where he earned his degree in exercise science in 1987. Yanchar earned his masters two years later in athletic management. Born on December 29, 1963, in Cleveland, Ohio, he and his wife, Stephanie, have one son, Tjaden. 61


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