What a difference a year makes. The Buckeyes' signal-caller has gone from suspended and shamed platoon player to the toast of Columbus
Smith creates nightmares for the defense because he is also a threat as a runner.
By Stewart Mandel
Ohio State's Big Man on Campus avoids campus whenever possible. He has no choice. "I can't go one place without someone noticing me," says Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith. "Things get out of hand." When he has errands to run on a weekday afternoon in July, Smith ventures to the outskirts of Columbus, but even there he can't remain anonymous. At Incredible Nutrition, a strip-mall outpost where Smith buys two cases of protein-drink mix, the only employee in the store shakes his head as he rings up Smith's order. "My son's going to be kicking himself that he didn't come in to work with me today," the cashier says. "He's your biggest fan." At a cellular-phone store, a female salesperson hands Smith a hastily scrawled note that reads in part, you are a great role model for our black brothers.
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