Troy Smith of the football team was honored as one of two 2007 Ohio State Athletes of the Year Wednesday by the Ohio State department of athletics. In his senior campaign, Smith quarterbacked the Buckeyes to the 2007 Bowl Championship Series National Title game and was named Ohio State's seventh Heisman Trophy winner. Smith is the third-consecutive football player to claim the men's award. Mike Nugent, a place kicker, was the winner in 2005 and A.J. Hawk, a linebacker, received the honor last year.
A native of Cleveland, Smith captained the 2006 football team to a 12-0 regular season and a successful defense of its 2005 Big Ten Championship. The 2007 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year established a Buckeye record with 30 touchdown passes last season. Smith capped his home career by becoming the first Ohio State quarterback to throw four TD passes vs. Michigan Nov. 18. The victory over the No. 2-ranked Wolverines (42-39), Smith's third in a row vs. U-M, secured Ohio State's 31st Big Ten title.
A graduate in 2006 with a degree in communications, Smith finished his career with a 25-3 record as the Buckeyes' starting signal-caller. He passed for four touchdowns in four games last season and his total of 2,542 yards through the air in 2006 ranks fourth all-time at Ohio State.
Smith's .653 completion percentage (203-311) in 2006 ranks first at Ohio State for a single season and his .627 career mark (420-670) rates No. 1 all-time. Smith's total of 54 TD passes stands third for a career at Ohio State. The 2006 first-team All-American also netted 1,166 career rushing yards on 293 carries and accounted for 14 TDs on the ground.