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Troy Smith was born on July 20, 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio. Smith is widely
considered one of the best quarterbacks to ever pass through Ohio State
University. A solid combination of speed, arm, strength, and accuracy has
allowed Smith to be a top notch player since his high school days.

Troy Smith attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio where he was
coached by Ted Ginn Sr. On the same team was his future Ohio State
teammate, Ted Ginn Jr. After a great junior season...


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Troy Smith was born on July 20, 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio. Smith is widely
considered one of the best quarterbacks to ever pass through Ohio State
University. A solid combination of speed, arm, strength, and accuracy has
allowed Smith to be a top notch player since his high school days.

Troy Smith attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio where he was
coached by Ted Ginn Sr. On the same team was his future Ohio State
teammate, Ted Ginn Jr. After a great junior season, Smith was invited to
participate at the nationally renowned elite 11 competition. This is
where the top 11 quarterback prospects in the country gather to show off
their skills. In addition to playing quarterback, Smith also played wide
receiver while at Glenville. During his senior season he threw for nearly
1,000 yards and contributed 12 touchdowns. Although Smith had a solid
high school career, many schools were not recruiting him to play
quarterback. But when Ohio State came along and said they would let him
try at the position, he accepted the offer.

As a freshman at Ohio State, Smith did not see a lot of time on the
field. He was relegated to spot duty at running back, as well as
returning kicks. Smith started out as the backup quarterback during his
sophomore season, but was thrust into action when starter Justin Zwick
went down with an injury. He finished off the season by leading the
Buckeyes to four wins in the final five games. Unfortunately, he was not
allowed to play in the Alamo Bowl because he broke a team rule.

In 2005 Smith continued to improve. The Buckeyes only lost two games, and
Smith put up impressive states. He passed for over 2,200 yards, ran for
611, and had a total of 27 touchdowns. But Smith’s real coming out party
was the 2006 season. He passed for over 2,500 yards, and had 30
touchdowns. After the season Smith won several awards including the Davey
O’Brien award for best college quarterback, and the Heisman Trophy for
the best player in college football.
Smith played all four seasons at Ohio State, and is expected to be a high
pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

				
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