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Troy Smith signs with Steelers

 

Troy Smith with Baltimore Ravens in 2008 (photo by Saquan Simpson via wikipedia commons)

Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, a 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, has been signed to a reserve/futures contract by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Smith spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens from 2007-2009, beating the Steelers as a rookie starter in 2007.

Smith spent 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers.

Smith won the 2006 Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9, 2006. 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 USC (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.

Smith was signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League on September 2, 2011. An injury to fellow Heisman Trophy-winner Eric Crouch in the season opener, opened the door for Smith to become the starter, though the Nighthawks decided to go with Jeremiah Masoli who had been with the team longer.

Smith’s first UFL start came in Omaha’s final game of the season, a 25-19 loss to the Mountain Lions of Sacramento in the consolation round of the postseason. In the game, Smith completed 17-of-33 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, including a 81-yard touchdown pass to Chad Lucas.

 

Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV, Ohio State, United Football League & Wikipedia news

OSU 37 COLORADO 17 GAME REVIEW: Miller proves he should be #1 QB

 

Colorado coach Jon Embree said special teams was the key Saturday (megasportsnews.com)

Ohio State football fans got what they’ve wanted all season; freshman QB sensation Braxton Miller as the number-1 man playing an entire game and leading the team to a win.

The athletic and exciting phenom from Huber Heights, Ohio, gave the Buckeyes a much-needed lift after the team lost the 24-6 debacle to Miami last weekend.

We seen this twice before at Ohio State as an athletic quarterback replaces a pure-passer: Troy Smith replaced Justin Zwick; Terrelle Pryor replaced Todd Boeckman and now Miller replacing Joe Bauserman.

In the 37-17 win over new Pacific-12 Conference member, Colorado.

Miller, making his first collegiate start, wasn’t spectacular throwing the ball, but he was 5 of 13 passing for 83 yards and rushed 17 times for 83 yards. He threw two touchdown passes to Devin Smith. He moved the team up-and-down the field with the poise of a senior.

Head coach Luke Fickell said after the game that Miller is the starting quarterback from here-on-out.

The Buckeyes defense held the Buffaloes from gaining a first down until they were up 17-0.

The 3-1 Buckeyes dominated the special teams as Jordan Hall had a 90-yard kickoff return.

Braxton Miller gave Ohio State a big lift (courtesy of OSU athletics)

GAME NOTES:

* OSU has 822 wins all-time, the fifth-most among FBS schools.

* The Buckeyes were 5-of-6 in the red zone, with three touchdowns and two field goals.

* Ohio State held Colorado to 3-of-13 on third down conversions.

* The Buffaloes had only two possessions inside the red zone against the Buckeye defense.

* Colorado tailback Rodney Stewart, a Columbus Brookhaven High School graduate, ran for 96 All-purpose yards on 11 rushes for 55 yards on offense, 5 catches for 27 as a receiver and 2 punt returns for 14 yards.

He moved into third place on the CU all-time rushing yards list, closing the game with 3,022 yards; he passed Bobby Purify (2000-04) with 3,016 and is right behind Rashaan Salaam (1992-94) with 3,057 for second place.

He is still second in career rushes with 692. His offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy leads with 699. Stewart’s five receptions gives him 71 career receptions, now second most by a running back at Colorado as he passed Lawrence Vickers (2002-05) on Saturday.

His 702 receiving yards are also second by a running back, as he passed up Cortlen Johnson (1998-2001) with 691 and Lee Rouson (1980-84) with 699 on Saturday. Up next is Herchell Troutman (1994-97) with 725.

* There is no real way to research this, but Colorado head coach Jon Embree might be the first collegiate head coach to face three schools who all appear on his first schedule that he chose his alma mater over.

Back in January 1983, when Embree, along with a dozen other top prospects in Colorado, chosen then CU-head coach Bill McCartney and his vision for the program. The high school All-American from Englewood Cherry Creek High School then committed and signed with the Buffaloes, and in selecting Colorado over Ohio State, Southern California and UCLA, all of whom are opponents on his first schedule as a head coach.

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM OHIO STATE:

48 240 Braxton Miller OSU 37 CU 17 Q & A

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Number 2 Ohio State blasts Eastern Michigan, 73-20; remains at 2nd in country

Ohio State kicks off to Eastern Michigan (photo by WAXXTV.com)

Terrelle Pryor directs the offense (photo by WAXXTV.com)

Even before the game was ever played on Saturday, Everybody in Columbus, Ohio and across the nation knew that Ohio State was going to beat Eastern Michigan University of the Mid-American Conference by a whopping score. But 73-20! Nobody could’ve come up with that score even if they were playing the college football version of PLAY STATION!

Saturday’s game was a record-breaking and record-tying affair.

Dane Sanzenbacher tied two school records by catching four touchdown passes from Terrelle Pryor. Pryor also ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass in the Buckeyes lopsided win over Eastern Michigan.

The only game where Ohio State has scored more points and that was in 1950 when they humiliated Iowa 83-21.

The 2nd-ranked Buckeyes, now 4-0, played to perfection on Saturday, scoring on their first six possessions of the football against Eastern Michigan who came into the game a whopping 44 1/2-point underdogs. With Saturday’s loss, EMU traveled 3 1/2 hours back to Ypsilanti, Michigan with their 16th loss in a row and wondering if they’ll ever win again.

Dane Sanzenbacher scores one of his 4 TD's against EMU (photo byWAXXTV.com)

DeVier Posey runs over tacklers (photo by WAXXTV.com)

Pryor, throwing the ball like everybody was expecting when he arrived at Ohio State, completed 20 of 26 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns. He ran seven times for 104 yards and a touchdown and also caught a 20-yard scoring pass in the third quarter from Jordan Hall, his high school teammate from Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Pryor delighted the crowd with a scoring run of 53 yards.

Pryor found Dane Sanzenbacher for scoring plays covering 31, 9, 7 and 18 yards. The senior wide receiver from Toledo, Ohio had nine receptions for 108 yards.

GAME NOTES

* The previous times a Buckeye scored a touchdown 3 different ways in a game.

1948 at Illinois: Gerald Krall

-10 yard reception from Pandel Savic

-9 yard pass to Alex Verdova

-5 yard run

1950 vs. Iowa: Vic Janowicz

-11 yard run

-61 yard punt return

-passed for 4 touchdowns of 12, 40, 26, 44 yards

1984 vs. Iowa: Keith Byars

-50 yard run

-14 yard reception from Mike Tomczak

-35 yard pass to Mike Lanese

-7 yard run

2004 vs. Michigan State: Ted Ginn Jr.

-17 yard reverse

-60 yard punt return

-58 yard reception from Troy Smith