Former Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith made his Canadian Football League debut with the Montreal Alouettes this evening, as they took on the Toronto Argonauts. Smith had agreed to a two-year deal with Montreal in mid-August to be one of the backups to starter Anthony Calvillo.
Smith was brought in midway through the second quarter of tonight’s game to attempt a quarterback run, but was stopped upon reaching the line of scrimmage. We’ll continue to monitor his progress throughout the night.
In his Buckeyes career, Smith finished with 5720 passing yards, 54 career passing touchdowns, 1168 rushing yard and 14 rushing touchdowns. Smith’s Buckeyes career was capped with a Heisman Trophy-winning senior season in 2006, when he threw for 2542 yards and 30 touchdowns and also ran for 204 yards and a touchdown. Smith led the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes to the BCS National Championship Game, which they lost to top-ranked Florida and now Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer by a score of 41-14. Smith gained 15 pounds prior to the game and had a disappointing performance, and was never able to consistently transfer his college success to the NFL in stints with the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Alouettes currently trail the Argonauts 8-3 early in the second quarter.