| Troy Smith was born on July 20, 1984 in Glenville, Ohio. Troy Smith is the starting quarterback for the Ohio State University Buckeyes football team in college for 2004 to 2006. Troy Smith is the winner of the 2006 Heisman Trophy. Troy Smith was selected with 174th overall selection in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
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Troy Smith attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio where he was coached by Ted Ginn Sr. After a strong senior year at Glenville, Troy Smith was invited as one of eleven of the top high school quarterbacks at the elite 11 competition where he earned great praise. Following his performance, hometown favorite Ohio State took notice and offered Troy Smith late in the recruiting process. Troy Smith verbally committed to Ohio State late in the recruiting process over West Virginia University signing his letter of intent in February.
As a freshman in Columbus, Troy Smith played sparingly as a running back and kick returner. Troy Smith entered his sophomore season as backup quarterback to Justin Zwick but took over as starter when Zwick was injured halfway through the season. Troy Smith won four of five games as a starter, including a victory over archrival Michigan.
Due to suspension, Troy Smith watched as Zwick started the first game of the 2005 season and returned the next week for a big home game against second-ranked Texas. Controversy surrounded the game, in which both quarterbacks were given ample playing time. The Buckeyes fell 25-22 in a game that many believe was lost due to poor quarterback management. After the Texas game, Coach Jim Tressel decided to make Troy Smith the sole starting quarterback.
Under Troy Smith, Ohio State lost only one more game in the 2005 regular season, to Penn State University. He threw for 1,941 yards and 14 touchdowns with only four interceptions. Troy Smith reached the peak of his season against Michigan, completing 27 of 37 passes for 301 yards in a 25-21 comeback win. Troy Smith was later named the Offensive MVP of the 2006 Fiesta Bowl after leading the Buckeyes to a 34-20 victory over University of Notre Dame.
Troy Smith was also considered to be a preseason candidate for the Heisman Trophy in 2006.
Smith won the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9, 2006. He beat out sophomore RB/QB Darren McFadden (2nd) from Arkansas and QB Brady Quinn (3rd), senior quarterback from Notre Dame. Smith became the first true quarterback from the Big Ten to ever win the award. In winning the 2006 Heisman Trophy, Smith took 86.7% of the first place votes, which is a record. His tally of 2,540 votes was the third largest behind that of the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush of the University of Southern California (2,541 votes). His margin of victory (1,662 votes) was also the second largest in the history of the award, eclipsed only by that O.J. Simpson who won by 1,750 votes in 1968 and had the largest vote total of 2,853 votes. Troy Smith joined Les Horvath (1944), Vic Janowicz (1950), Howard "Hopalong" Cassady (1955), Archie Griffin (1974 and 1975) and Eddie George (1995) in the elite Buckeye fraternity
Smith earned the award by leading Ohio State to an undefeated regular season, with high profile road games against defending National Champion Texas, and later against the Iowa Hawkeyes. He capped his season, securing his claim to the Heisman, with an outstanding performance in his final game against second-ranked Michigan on November 18, 2006, throwing for 316 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-39 victory.
Smith declared for 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 exactly 6’0”, his height was cited as a liability as was an NFL Combine performance that did not impress.  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 (DraftTroy.com) 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. On Day 2, Smith was finally drafted at the end of the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens. He proceeded to sign a three-year contract with the Ravens on July 24, 2007.
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