|Position:||Administrative Assistant, Offense|
Akili Smith spent one season with Cal football in 2010 as an administrative assistant for the offensive coaching staff. Prior to arriving at Cal, Smith spent the previous two seasons as the quarterbacks coach at Grossmont College in San Diego.
Smith was selected by Cincinnati as the third overall pick in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft and played four seasons with the Bengals (1999-2002). He attended training camp with the Packers (2003) and Buccaneers (2005) before finishing his professional football playing career with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe (2005) and Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (2007). Smith played his collegiate football at Oregon from 1997-98 when Tedford was the Ducks' offensive coordinator. He was the Pac-10's Offensive Player of the Year as a senior when he set Oregon's single-season passing record with 3,763 yards and also threw for 32 touchdowns.
"It's a definite blessing to be able to come to Cal and be a member of this staff," said Smith upon the announcement of his hiring on March 13, 2010. "I wanted to get into coaching because of my passion for the game. There's so much more out there for me as far as football is concerned. I want to help these kids reach their dreams and doing whatever it takes to do that. I'm thankful that coach Tedford gave me the opportunity to start my coaching career at the Division I level here at Cal."
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