November 20, 2006

The real Michigan man

Troy Smith did three amazing things Saturday at Ohio Stadium, but none of them came as a surprise. In one night (okay so it was a big night), Smith bested arch-rival Michigan for the third straight time, sent his team to the national championship game and all but locked up the Heisman Trophy. But when you dress it a phone booth like Troy Smith, none of that comes as much of a shock.

"I think he has the Heisman for sure now," Smith's favorite target Ted Ginn Jr. said. "He deserves it for all the work he has done, coming in everyday and being a leader. Like Troy said, `It is a team award,' but I think since they have to give it to one guy, it should go to him."

How does one truly measure individual success in a game dominated by the team spirit?

Does success simply go hand-in-hand with winning? Should the award simply go to the quarterback on the best team? Well if wins are what you want, Smith's career record as the starting quarterback at Ohio State is an astounding 25-2. Maybe you're a stats guy. Smith's 5,685 career passing yards are third all-time in OSU history behind Art Schlichter and Bobby Hoying.

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