September 6, 2006

The new Troy Smith?

The multi-faceted Troy Smith most Ohio State fans have to come and know love has undergone a transformation.

Meet Troy Smith, the surgeon.

After passing for 297 yards in the season-opening contest with Northern Illinois, Smith again proved he can pick apart a defense with his arm. But this time, his feet had little to do with his success. The senior quarterback carried the ball just one time on a shotgun keeper that was stopped behind the line of scrimmage for a one-yard loss.

But the player who has engineered two memorable victories against Michigan by eluding defenders during clutch situations and has complemented a potent Ohio State rushing attack said Tuesday that he is now content to sit back and find other targets to make plays.

"Any and every week that comes up, I would much rather just be a surgeon and pick the other team apart," Smith said.

Since firmly establishing himself as the team's starter following last season's home loss to Texas, Smith rushed for an average of 58.4 yards per game and scored 11 touchdowns in the final 10 games of the season. During that stretch, he never carried the ball fewer than seven times in one game.

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