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  Troy Smith
Troy Smith
Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Cleveland, Ohio

High School:
Glenville

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 215

Position:
Quarterback

Birthdate:
07/20/1984

Major:
Communication

Buckeye Bits: Arguably the finest all-around quarterback in college football and unquestionably one of the game's most dynamic leaders ...a preseason favorite for the Heisman Trophy and will almost certainly be in the running for first-team All-America recognition ... has a strong, accurate arm, is a dangerous runner and excels at keeping the play alive ... is mentally tough, very competitive and spends countless hours studying film ... coming off a sensational junior campaign in which he led the Buckeyes to a 10-2 record, a share of the Big Ten championship and seven consecutive victories to end the season ... has fashioned a 13-2 record as a starter and is at his best in big games or when the pressure is on ... rolled up 337 yards in total offense against Michigan last year and followed that up six weeks later with 408 yards against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl ... was the MVP of the Fiesta Bowl, where he threw for a career-high 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for another 66 yards ... his Fiesta Bowl passing yardage figure bettered his previous high of 300 yards against Michigan in the 2005 regular-season finale ... accounted for 27 touchdowns last year - 16 passing and 11 rushing ... led the Big Ten and finished sixth nationally in passing efficiency in 2005, throwing for 2,282 yards and completing 63 percent of his passes ... had just one game last year in which he completed less than 50 percent of his aerials ...his 11 rushing touchdowns in 2005 are three shy of the school record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (Les Horvath had 14 in 1944) ... had four games (Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Notre Dame) last year in which he totaled more that 300 yards in total offense ...now has topped the 300-yard mark five times in total offense, one shy of the school record held by Joe Germaine (1996-98) ... is only the second player in Ohio State annals to top the 400-yard mark in total offense in a game (Art Schlichter with 412 against Florida State in 1981is the other) ... has led the Buckeyes to comeback wins over Michigan each of the past two years, engineering two long scoring drives in the fourth quarters of both games to secure the victory ... has a chance to join Tippy Dye (1934-36) as the only Ohio State quarterbacks to lead their teams to three consecutive wins over Michigan ... ran for 145 yards against Michigan as a sophomore to become the first Ohio State quarterback since Rod Gerald in 1977 to top the 100-yard mark on the ground ...came to Ohio State as a talented athlete and has evolved into a superb quarterback with a knack for winning football games ... graduated from Ohio State at the end of Spring Quarter 2006 with a B. A. in communication.

2005 (Junior): Sat out the opener against Miami (Ohio) ... came off the bench against Texas the following week and made his first start in week three against San Diego State ... was the regular from that point on ... averaged 263 yards per game in total offense ... also averaged 4.5 yards per rushing attempt and was the team's second leading rusher with 611 yards ... ran for a season-high 127 yards against Iowa ... the Buckeyes converted 49 percent of their third down possibilities with him at the controls ... became the first quarterback in OSU annals to run for 500 yards and throw for 2000 yards in the same season ... threw just four interceptions on the year ... had six 200-yard games passing ... threw for two or more touchdowns five times ... his 85-yard TD toss to Santonio Holmes in the Fiesta Bowl is the second longest touchdown pass in Ohio State history.

2004 (Sophomore): Began the season as the backup to Justin Zwick, but took over as the starter in week seven after Zwick injured a shoulder the previous week at Iowa ... led OSU to a 4-1 finish down the stretch ... finished the season with 896 yards passing and 339 yards rushing ... was the Buckeyes' third leading rusher and averaged 4.1 yards per carry ... hooked up with Anthony Gonzalez on a 68-yard scoring pass on the Buckeyes' fifth play from scrimmage in the Michigan game to give OSU an early 7-0 lead ... accounted for three touchdowns against Michigan - two passing and one rushing ... completed his first college pass against Cincinnati, hooking up with Santonio Holmes on a 23-yard fourth-quarter touchdown strike.

2003 (Freshman): Played in 10 games, but was used primarily as a slash back and on kick returns ... made his debut in the season opener against Washington and had a 2-yard run ... also had two carries against Northwestern, including an 8-yard run ... longest kick return was 18 yards at Indiana.

2002 (Redshirt): Was the last player to sign with the Buckeyes in the winter of 2002 and was signed because of his overall athletic ability.

High School: Played his first two years at Lakewood St. Edward, but transferred to Glenville as a senior ... threw for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, leading Glenville to the state playoffs ... played three years of basketball and ran track (high jump, long jump and 1,600-meter relay).

Personal: Is the son of Tracy Smith and Kenneth Delaney ... has a sister, Brittany, who attends Cleveland State and is a registered nurse ... an older brother, Rod, played guard at Ohio State in the early 1990s, and another brother, Andre, played at Bowling Green ... a third sibling, Irvin White, played at Walsh College ... lists Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb as two of his favorite football players.

 
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