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Top 100 Ohio State Players: No. 5

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September 2, 2015 at 6:54pm
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There are 5 days that separate us from Ohio State's march to Blacksburg. To help pass the time until the Buckeyes put the Sandman to bed I will countdown Ohio State's top 100 players according to the rubric* listed at the bottom of this article.
 

Troy Smith

No. 5 Troy Smith, QB (2003-06)
Born:
 1984 (Columbus)
High School: Glenville


OHIO STATE CAREER​

  • The Buckeyes were 41-9 with Smith on the team.
  • 2005 Big Ten Title.
  • 2006 Big Ten Title.
  • 2004 Defeated No. 8 Kansas State 35-28 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
  • 2004 Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the Alamo Bowl (was suspended for the game).
  • 2006 Defeated No. 5 Notre Dame 34-20 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
  • 2006 Defeated No. 2 Texas 24-7 in Austin.
  • Went 3-1 against That Team: 2004 (37-21), 2005 (25-21) and 2006 (42-39).


HONORS

  • 2006 Captain.
  • 2006 Heisman Trophy.
  • 2006 Walter Camp Award.
  • 2006 Davey O'Brien Award.
  • 2006 Team MVP.
  • 2006 Sporting News Player of the Year.
  • 2006 AP Player of the Year.
  • 2006 Big Ten MVP.
  • 2006 All-American.
  • 2006 All-Big Ten.
  • 2006 Fiesta Bowl MVP.
  • 2003 Academic All-Big Ten.


NFL DRAFT
Round 5 to the Baltimore Ravens with the 174th pick of the 2007 draft.
 

Troy Smith

Troy Smith's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

Troy Smith may not have been Ohio State’s star recruit in the spring of 2002, but by the end of the 2006 football season there were few Buckeyes with a brighter aura.

A standout quarterback at Cleveland Glenville High School, the 6-0 Smith was renowned for his athletic ability and mental toughness. But his lack of size was a concern for some college recruiters.

Not so for Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. “The one thing I knew for sure after seeing Troy play in high school was that I wanted him on our team,” Tressel said. “There was something special about the way he carried himself.

“I didn’t know if he was going to play quarterback or some other position, but I knew I wanted him on our side.” 


 

Troy Smith
Troy Smith and Ohio State Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.

Smith's freshman, sophomore and junior seasons as a Buckeye per The Ohio State Team Guide:

A gifted runner and passer, Smith was redshirted as a freshman in 2002 and saw limited action the following year, appearing in 10 games at slash back and returning kickoffs.

The talented sophomore broke into the 2004 starting lineup in week seven and led the Buckeyes to a 4-1 record down the stretch, including a 37-21 win over Michigan in which he accounted for three touchdowns and 386 yards in total offense.

In 2005, Smith guided the Buckeyes to a 10-2 record that included a thrilling come-from-behind victory at Michigan and a decisive win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Smith threw for 16 touchdowns and rushed for 11 more in his first full season as a starter.


 

Troy Smith

Smith's senior season and honors per The Ohio State Team Guide:

But the Cleveland native saved his best for last, piloting the No. 1
ranked Buckeyes to a 12-0 regular season record and a spot in the national championship game as a senior in 2006. With one remarkable performance after another, he threw for a school single-season record 30 touchdowns and became just the second quarterback in Ohio State history to post a 3-0 record against Michigan as a starter.

In a see-saw 42-39 win over the Wolverines, Smith threw four touchdown passes and topped the 300-yard mark in total offense for the third consecutive year.

Following the regular season, the consensus All-American was a
landslide winner in the Heisman Trophy voting, recording the second largest margin of victory ever in the balloting. In becoming Ohio State’s seventh Heisman winner, Smith, who recorded a 25-3 record as a starter had eliminated any-and-all doubters.

He entered the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

SMITH'S POINTS
CATEGORY POINTS
HEISMAN 8
NO. RETIRED / HONORED 8
BIG TEN MVP 6
TEAM MVP 5
ALL-AMERICAN 4
CAPTAIN 4
1ST ROUND NFL DRAFT PICK  
ALL-BIG TEN 3
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN  
NFL DRAFT PICK 2
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN 1
LETTER 1
   
TOTAL 42

For more information on other players who wore No. 10 go here.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia
 

THE RUBRIC
CATEGORY POINTS
HEISMAN 8
NO. RETIRED / HONORED 8
BIG TEN MVP 6
TEAM MVP 5
ALL-AMERICAN 4
CAPTAIN 4
1ST ROUND NFL DRAFT PICK 4
ALL-BIG TEN 3
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN 3
NFL DRAFT PICK 2
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN 1
LETTER 0.25 PER YEAR


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