Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Jim "Yazoo" Smith
Hall of Fame Inductee
|Position:||Hall of Fame Inductee|
|Other Position:||1998 Inductee, Football (1965-1967)|
A first-team All-American his senior season of 1967, the native of Yazoo City, Miss. was one of the greatest defensive backs ever to wear a Webfoot uniform. While a Duck, he lettered all three of his varsity seasons and was co-captain in ’67. He still holds the record for longest fumble recovery of 99 yards versus Oregon State in 1966. Smith was awarded the university’s Emerald Athletic Trophy and was voted to the Eugene Register-Guard’s alltime UO football squad.
Yazoo was the 12th collegian picked in the first round of the 1968 NFL draft. He was a starter for the Washington Redskins until a broken neck ended his brilliant career. Prior to NFL play, he appeared in three all-star games, being selected for the East-West Shrine game, the Hula Bowl, and the Coaches All-America game. As an alumnus, Jim Smith’s enthralling singing voice can be heard on the History of Oregon Football video in an inspiring rendition of the fight song “Mighty Oregon”.