Quarterback Troy Smith plays presently for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. He played his college ball for Ohio State. After an outstanding NCAA career, he was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round and 174rth pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was third on the team’s depth chart.
Smith achieved an array of awards while at OSU. In 2006, he won the Heisman Trophy, was the College Football Player of the Year and the MVP of the Fiesta Bowl. That same year, he was also the Associated Press Player of the Year, the Davey O’Brien Award winner and Walter Camp Award selection. He even won the Archie Griffin Award and the NCAA QB of the year in 2006.
In four seasons with OU, Smith played in 44 games, connecting on 420 of 670 passes (62.7-percent) and throwing 54 touchdowns. He passed for 5,270 yards and earned a rating of 159.72. He also rushed for 1,197 yards and 14 touchdowns.
In his first pro season, he saw action in four games. He threw 76 passes and completed 40 (52.6-percent) for 454 yards and two touchdowns. Smith threw no interceptions. He holds a QB rating of 79.5. He also carried the ball 12 times for 54 yards and one score.
Smith is sturdy and tough at six-feet and 217 pounds. He’s shown patience in the pocket and has improved his throwing motion. Sacks tend to not be a problem with him as he’s able to make quick, good decisions regarding throwing the ball away. He has good feet that allow him to find more time and to connect with his receivers. In the past, he’s had some behavior and work ethic issues, but he seems to have worked those out. His height is marginal and that could hamper him. He’s matured quickly, possesses sound leadership skills and is highly competitive. He could be a number one NFL QB.