Troy Smith, the man who won the Heisman Trophy in 2006, is returning to the field. No, not as a coach or educator, but as an actual athlete.
Per the Ohio State athletic department’s Twitter account, Smith will participate in the Buckeyes’ spring game along with quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.
— Ohio State Buckeyes 🌰 (@OhioStAthletics) April 14, 2015
Smith was the starting quarterback for Ohio State for two seasons and led the Buckeyes to the BCS National Championship Game in 2007, where the team lost to Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators. He was then picked by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft and spent three seasons there before joining the San Francisco 49ers, and then the United Football League and CFL.
That said, why is Smith returning to the field for the spring game? Well, for starters, it’s just for a halftime skills competition between himself, Jones and Barrett.
Adding to the irony is that the Buckeyes are now coached by Meyer, the same coach who handed Smith an agonizing defeat in his final college game. Moreover, it sort of pokes fun at the quarterback controversy brewing in Columbus, as Barrett and Jones will have to compete with Braxton Miller for the starting spot next season as he is fully recovered from injury.
Either way, it’ll be fun for the fans to watch and give Smith a chance to see if he can keep up with the young guns.
Given his college career completion percentage of 63, I’m liking his chances.
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