Smith & Laurinaitis Take Home Honors

Troy Smith.

It is no surprise to Buckeye fans as Smith and Laurinaitis take home post-season honors for their play during the 2006 season.

While the biggest honor of the 2006 season comes Saturday night, Buckeyes were honored for their play during this National Championship season.  Troy Smith took home two honors being named Player of the Year by the Walter Camp Foundation and then having his name called during the ESPN awards show as he earned the Davey O'Brien Award as the best quarterback in the country.  While the Maxwell Award found a way to snub Smith (see story) the quarterback took it like a pro and knows Saturday night will have a different outcome.

 

But Smith wasn't alone as sophomore James Laurinaitis was named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award this week as the nations Defensive Player of the Year.  The Hamel, Minnesota native didn't get his name called on Thursday but has proven his ability since taking over for an injured Bobby Carpenter in last seasons Michigan game.  Laurinaitis is the first Buckeye to win the Nagurski award during its short history.

 

Smith joins fellow Buckeyes Eddie George and Archie Griffin (2 times) as Walter Camp winners.  The Glenville High School product will look to join an elite class of Buckeyes on Saturday night as the Heisman Memorial Trophy will be awarded in New York.

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