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Troy Smith
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Position:  Quarterback
Personal information
Born:  July 20 1984 (1984-07-20) (age 40)
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Height: 6 ft 0 in Weight: 217 lbs
National Football League Debut
Debut: 2007 for the Baltimore Ravens
Last game: 2010 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career information
High school:   Glenville (Ohio)
College:   Ohio State
NFL Draft:   2007 / Rnd: 5 / Pck: 174th
Career history
* = offseason / practice squad only
Career highlights and awards
  • Heisman Trophy (2006)
  • Chic Harley Award (2006)
  • Walter Camp Award (2006)
  • Davey O'Brien Award (2006)
  • Archie Griffin Award (2006)
  • Associated Press Player of the Year (2006)
  • Sporting News Player of the Year (2006)
  • Unanimous All-American (2006)
  • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (2006)
  • Ohio State #10 retired

Troy James Smith (born July 20, 1984) is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

Smith has also played for the San Francisco 49ers. He won the 2006 Heisman Trophy, his senior year with the Buckeyes. He took 86.7% of the first place votes, a record that still stands today.

Early life[]

Troy Smith's mother raised him and two siblings in Columbus, Ohio, then moved to the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland.

Smith first brought out an interest in playing football in Cleveland, where he played for the Glenville A's, initially as running back and tight end. Irvin White, his coach, moved Smith to quarterback after a few games and Smith stayed in the position.

In 1993, Smith was placed in foster care with Diane and Irvin White while his mother dealt with personal issues.[1]

High school career[]

Smith played his first two years at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, but was thrown off the team after elbowing an opponent in the head while playing in a varsity basketball game.[2] He transferred to Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio shortly thereafter.

Smith graduated from Glenville where he was coached by Ted Ginn, Sr., father of his teammate Ted Ginn, Jr. Interestingly, Smith and Ginn went on to play together at Ohio State. After his junior football season in high school, Smith was invited to participate in the Elite 11 competition, featuring the eleven top ranked high school quarterback prospects in the US. He earned good praise following his performance, and although it was relatively late in the recruiting process, Ohio State offered Smith a football scholarship. He verbally committed to the Buckeyes, signing his letter of intent on February 6, 2002, the last player for the upcoming season.

Smith threw for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns in his senior year. He played alongside current San Francisco 49er, Ted Ginn, Jr., while leading Glenville to the state playoffs.

Smith also played three years of basketball and ran track (high jump, long jump and 1,600-meter relay). West Virginia University and Ohio State recruited him. Smith accepted the last scholarship of Ohio State's 2002 football recruiting class.[3]

College career[]

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Ohio State's Troy Smith hands off to Antonio Pittman vs the Texas Longhorns

As a redshirted freshman for the Buckeyes, Smith played sparingly at running back and kick returner in 2003.

Smith played the season opener against Washington as a scatback and returner, and he compiled fourteen yards rushing and 83 return yards. After the game, he came on the NFL scouting radar as an "athlete." He entered his sophomore season as the backup quarterback to Justin Zwick, but took over as the starter when Zwick was injured halfway through the 2004 season against Iowa. Smith won four of the five games he started in 2004, including a victory over the archrival Michigan Wolverines. Smith was suspended for breaking an undisclosed team rule before the Alamo Bowl, with Coach Jim Tressel extending the suspension to include the first game of the 2005 season after it was revealed that Smith had accepted $500 from a booster.[4]

With Smith at QB, Ohio State lost only two games in the 2005 regular season, and in only one of those, was Smith the starter. The first was to the eventual BCS National Champion Texas Longhorns (which he did not start) and the other was to the Penn State Nittany Lions, co-Big Ten champions. Smith's 2005 stats included 2,282 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. This led to a passer rating of 162.66, the fourth-highest of the season.[5] He rushed for 611 yards and 11 touchdowns on 136 carries. In January 2006, he was named the Offensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl, after leading the Buckeyes to a 34-20 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

In the second week of the 2006 season, Smith and the Buckeyes took revenge for their 2005 loss to Texas. The top ranked Buckeyes won their rematch with the (again) second-ranked Longhorns, 24-7. Smith went 17-27 with 269 yards passing, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. For many fans and analysts, Smith's performance against the Longhorns gave credibility to the preseason Heisman Trophy hype he'd received. His passing statistics improved during the 2006 season, completing 67% of his passes for 2,507 yards, with 30 touchdowns and five interceptions. This led to a quarterback rating of 167.87, again fourth in the country.[6]

Smith was one of five finalists for the 2006 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the top senior college quarterback.[7]

Teammates voted Smith the 2006 most valuable player.[8] On 2006-12-07 the Davey O'Brien Foundation awarded Smith the Davey O'Brien Award for best college quarterback. He defeated other finalists Colt Brennan of the University of Hawaii and Brady Quinn of the University of Notre Dame.[9]

In three games against Michigan, Smith has a total of 1,151 yards of total offense, two rushing touchdowns, and seven passing touchdowns. The Buckeyes won all three games, making Smith the first Ohio State quarterback since Tippy Dye (1934–1936) to quarterback in three victories over Michigan, and the first to win three straight games against Michigan as a starter.[10]

Smith's college football career came to an end on January 8, 2007, when he and the Ohio State Buckeyes were beaten by the Florida Gators in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game, 41-14. Smith completed just four of 14 passes for 35 yards along with an interception, a fumble, and was sacked 5 times.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications.

In 2010, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN listed Smith as the "Big Ten player of the decade."[11]

Heisman Trophy[]

Smith won the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9, 2006.[12] He beat out sophomore RB Darren McFadden (2nd) from Arkansas and senior QB Brady Quinn (3rd), from Notre Dame.

In winning the 2006 Heisman, Smith took 86.7% of the first place votes, a record that has not been broken. His tally of 2,540 votes was the third largest behind that of the then-2005 Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush of the University of Southern California (2,541 votes) and 1968 Heisman winner O.J. Simpson who also played for USC (2,853 votes). His margin of victory (1,662 votes) was also the second largest in the history of the award, eclipsed only by O.J. Simpson who won by 1,750 votes.

Troy Smith joined Les Horvath (1944), Vic Janowicz (1950), Howard "Hopalong" Cassady (1955), Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975) and Eddie George (1995) as Ohio State Heisman winners.

Career statistics[]


Year Games Attempts Completions Comp % Yards TDs INTs QB Rating
2002 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2003 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
2004 8 122 68 55.7% 896 8 3 134.15
2005 11 237 149 62.9% 2,282 16 4 162.66
2006 12 311 203 65.3% 2,542 30 6 161.91
Career 44 670 420 62.7% 5720 54 13 159.72


Year Games Rushes Yards Average TDs
2002 2 0 0 0 0
2003 11 3 14 4.7 0
2004 9 82 339 4.1 2
2005 11 136 611 4.5 11
2006 12 62 228 3.8 1
Career 45 283 1,197 4.2 14

Total offense[]

Year Games Plays Yards Average TDs
2002 2 0 0 0 0
2003 11 3 14 4.7 0
2004 9 204 1,235 6.0 10
2005 11 373 2,893 7.6 27
2006 12 359 2,740 7.6 31
Career 45 939 7,992 7.33 68

College awards[]

  • 2006 Heisman Trophy
  • 2006 Consensus All American
  • 2006 Sporting News College Football Player of the Year
  • 2006 Fiesta Bowl MVP
  • 2006 Walter Camp Award
  • 2006 Davey O'Brien Award
  • 2006 Buckeyes MVP
  • 2006 Associated Press Player of the Year
  • 2006 Chicago Tribune Silver Football — Big Ten Most Valuable Player
  • 2006 Senior Bowl

Professional career[]

Baltimore Ravens[]

As a graduating senior Smith entered professional football in the 2007 NFL Draft. Despite winning the Heisman Trophy, Smith saw his draft stock drop considerably after the 41-14 loss to Florida in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game. At 6'0", his height (considered smaller than ideal) was cited as a liability.[13] Smith was quoted by the media urging his hometown team, the Cleveland Browns, to select him in the NFL Draft. Fans also set up a website urging the Browns to take Smith. However, the Browns drafted Brady Quinn 22nd overall in the 2007 NFL Draft reducing the chances of Smith going to Cleveland.[14][15]

On Day 2, Smith was finally drafted at the end of the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens. He signed a three-year contract with the Ravens on July 24, 2007.[16] On August 27, 2007 Drew Olson was released by the Baltimore Ravens elevating Smith to the third string quarterback position. Smith was named second-string quarterback for the Ravens on November 13, 2007, backing up new starter Kyle Boller after a shoulder injury to starter Steve McNair. Ravens head coach Brian Billick maintained that Smith could be used in the future. "That's going to be a fun challenge for Troy, because now he's been around enough," Billick said. "The focus and attention that he brings to [preparing] is heightened."[17]

Smith got his first regular season playing time in the fourth quarter of the home game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 9, 2007, completing three of five pass attempts and scrambling 6 yards for his first NFL touchdown in the 44-20 loss. After his relative success against the Colts, many Baltimore Ravens fans were calling for Smith to replace Kyle Boller as the Ravens' starting quarterback. On December 16, 2007 Smith came in for an injured Kyle Boller in the game against the Miami Dolphins. Smith led the Ravens down the field for a field goal that forced overtime. The Ravens lost 22-16 in overtime, after a missed 44 yard field goal. On December 20, 2007, Kyle Boller officially was considered the backup due to injury for the Week 16 game, giving Troy Smith his first professional start against the Seattle Seahawks. He completed fewer than 50% of his passes and fumbled twice in this game. The Ravens lost 27-6, scoring a touchdown with about four minutes to play and the game out of reach.[18] In Week 17 the Ravens beat the Steelers with Troy Smith starting again. He went 16-of-27 for 171 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions and no fumbles lost. This was the Ravens first win since Week 6, ending a 9-game losing streak with a bye at Week 8.

Smith finished his rookie season by totaling 506 total yards and three touchdowns in four games. He had 452 yards and two touchdowns passing and rushed for 54 yards and one touchdown.

Smith was scheduled to start in the third preseason game of the 2008 season, but became ill with a rare disease called Lemierre's syndrome.[19] Due to Smith's illness, rookie Joe Flacco was named to the Ravens' starting QB position. Early in the season Smith re-emerged in the offense as part of their two-quarterback offense, and was utilized for short-yardage runs. This offense featured Smith lining up at the wide receiver spot as well as under center. Smith appeared in only six of the Ravens' 19 games and had a total of 4 passing attempts for 82 yards in the 2008 season.[20]

For the 2009 season, Flacco was named the starting quarterback for the second consecutive year, while Smith was active for only four of sixteen games. Smith completed five of nine passes for 24 yards with one interception during the season. In addition, he also rushed eight times for thirty-one yards, including his career-long fifteen-yard touchdown run.[20]

Smith re-signed with the Ravens for one-year worth $1.101 million. Smith received the low 5th round tender as a restricted free agent. However, no team was willing to part ways with the coveted pick so Smith was not traded. After signing Marc Bulger as the team's backup to Joe Flacco, the Ravens released Smith on September 4.

San Francisco 49ers[]

On September 6, 2010, Smith signed with the San Francisco 49ers. On Oct 27, Troy Smith was announced as the starter, replacing an injured Alex Smith for San Francisco's game Oct 31 vs the Denver Broncos in London, England. During this game Smith ran for one TD and threw to Michael Crabtree for another in a 49ers win. Smith actually excelled in the second half by going 8 for 10 for 159 yards, and leading the Niners to three fourth-quarter touchdown drives. The Niners won the game, 24-16. For Smith's quality performance, he was named Sports Illustrated NFL Offensive Player of the week.

On Nov 14, Troy Smith led the 49ers to an overtime victory over the Rams. Smith out-dueled Rams rookie Sam Bradford in this Heisman trophy quarterback matchup. He threw for 356 yards, one touchdown and ran for 12 yards without being intercepted.

On Nov 15, Troy Smith was named the new starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

As of November 29, after a Monday night win over the Cardinals, Smith was 3-1 as the 49ers starting QB. In week 16, Smith was named the starting QB against the St.Louis Rams.

Smith was not resigned by the 49ers.

Omaha Nighthawks[]

Smith was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on September 2, 2011.[21]

Career statistics[]

Regular Season[]

Passing Rushing Receiving
Season Team Gms Att Comp Pct Yds YPA Lg TD Int Rating Att Yds Lg TD Rec Yds TD
2007 Baltimore 4 76 40 52.6% 452 5.9 79 2 0 79.5 12 54 14 1 0 0 0
2008 Baltimore 6 4 3 75% 82 20.5 43 1 0 156.2 9 24 8 0 1 36 0
2009 Baltimore 4 9 5 55.6% 24 2.7 9 0 1 21.3 8 31 15 1 0 0 0
2010 San Francisco 6 145 73 50.3% 1,176 8.1 66 5 4 77.8 23 121 16 1 0 0 0

NFL Awards[]

  • Sports Illustrated NFL Offensive Player of the week (Week 8, 2010)

Personal life[]

He has advocated for the passage of the FIT Kids Act, federal legislation that would require school districts to report on students' physical activity and to give youngsters health and nutritional information.[22]


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  2. Curtis, Bryan. "Troy Smith's Mostly Charmed Life at Ohio State". New York Times. August 20, 2006
  3. Ralph, Russo. "Heisman win is emotional for Troy Smith", Associated Press, 2006-12-10. 
  4. Miller, Rusty. "Smith Had Difficult Road to Ohio State", Associated Press, 2006-12-06. Retrieved on 2007-08-07. 
  5. 2005 NCAA Division I-A Passing Leaders. ESPN. Retrieved on 2006-12-11.
  6. 2006 NCAA Division I-A Passing Leaders. ESPN. Retrieved on 2006-12-11.
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  10. Gordon, Ken, May, Tim, & Mitchell, Shawn. "Dye, 91, watches Smith equal his trifecta over UM", OSU Notebook, Columbus Dispatch, 2006-11-19. Retrieved on 2006-11-19. 
  11. Rittenberg, Adam. "Big Ten players of the decade", ESPN, 2010-01-19. Retrieved on 2010-01-20. 
  12. Rise of Troy: Buckeyes QB wins Heisman Trophy. Associated Press (2006-12-12). Retrieved on 2007-08-07.
  13. Smith will likely play waiting game
  15. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith pushing Browns hard to draft him
  16. Ravens sign Troy Smith, two others. The Sports Network (2007-07-24). Retrieved on 2007-08-07.
  17. Ravens switch quarterbacks
  18. Baltimore Ravens vs. Seattle Seahawks
  19. Smith's illness rare. RotoTimes. Retrieved on 2008-09-07.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Troy Smith Pro Career at Retrieved on 24 January 2010.
  21. Pivovar, Steven (September 2, 2011). Former OSU star vows to work for Nighthawks QB job. Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved on September 2, 2011.
  22. NFL Players Promoted Increased Physical Education ESPN, March 19, 2009

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