Smith and White Honored by Pac-10
June 21, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Oregon football player Matt Smith and women's golfer Jerilyn White have been named the school's Pacific-10 Conference Medal Winners, commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday. A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on performance, scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Smith, a former minor league baseball player, finished his Oregon career with 190 tackles, including a team-leading 90 tackles in 2000 as the Ducks posted a school-record 10 wins and defeated Texas 35-30 in the Holiday Bowl. The team captain had four interceptions for 72 yards last season to bring his career total to six steals for 153 yards. Perhaps the hardest hitter on the Oregon defense, the Grants Pass native accumulated 21 tackles for a loss over his career. The three-year starting linebacker signed on as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in April.
Earlier this spring, White became just the second Duck named to the all-Pac-10 team, joining All-American Paula Patterson who was a first team member in 1997 and a second-teamer in 1998. The Salem, Ore., native and the 1996 state prep champion at McNary High School finished ninth with a 4-over 220 at the Pac-10 Championships, April 23-25 in Tempe, Ariz. It was White's seventh straight top 20 finish of the spring and third top 10 finish in 2000-01. She won the April 13-14 Peg Barnard California Collegiate at Stanford where she had a career-low round of 4-under par 68. It was also the third straight year that White has finished in the top 10 at the Pac-10 tournament. She was ninth last year and sixth as a sophomore in 1999.