Posted: Wednesday November 15, 2006 2:47PM; Updated: Wednesday November 15, 2006 4:31PM
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Mandel: You've had a lot of success against Michigan the past couple years. Being an Ohio native, watching this game every year, do you get extra amped for it?
Smith: Yes I do. That's the biggest game annually growing up in this state. Now that I get a chance to play in it ... it blows everything else out of the water.
Mandel: Obviously, any Ohio State-Michigan game is huge, but with the ramifications this year, is it possible to describe just how crazy the atmosphere will be?
Smith: It will be huge. I already know that every fan in the stands will be standing on their feet and screaming the entire time. That's what college football is all about.
Mandel: You mentioned earlier that the Heisman wasn't originally on your radar, but what would it mean to you if you do end up winning it?
Smith: I think it would mean everything to our university and to my community where I'm from. It would show kids in Cleveland and the Glenville area that you can do some of the greatest things in world. It's also a testament to my teammates and coaches. I wouldn't be in this situation, being able to talk about this, if it weren't for them.
Mandel: I know you follow the national college football scene closely. What other players do you think should be up for the award?
Smith: I'm a little biased, but I love [Michigan State QB] Drew Stanton's game. He's one of my best friends, and he's one of the best quarterbacks in the country. I also think Garrett Wolfe should be there too. Just because he's in the MAC, we shouldn't take anything away from him. Some of the things he does on the field are mind blowing at his size and stature. Adrian Peterson -- obviously that's a freak thing that happened to him. The list goes on and on. Of course, my personal Heisman favorite is Ted Ginn Jr.
Mandel: One last question, and it's a simple one: Has this been a dream season for you?
Smith: No, it's not a dream season -- because it's not over.