Jody Victor: It should come as no surprise that Jessica Davenport and Troy Smith were named 2007 Ohio State Athletes of the Year by the Ohio State Department of Athletics last week. Davenport finished her woman's basketball career in 2007 as the program's first three-time All-American. Also in his senior campaign, Smith quarterbacked the Buckeyes to the 2007 Bowl Championship Series National Title game and was named Ohio State's seventh Heisman Trophy winner.
Davenport, who graduated March 19 with a degree in family resource management/consumer affairs, became the first student-athlete to be named Big Ten player of the year three times in a career. The product of Columbus Independence High School led the Buckeyes to a 28-4 overall mark in 2006-07 and Ohio State's third-consecutive league crown. She topped the conference in scoring at 20 points per game and ranked second in the league in rebounds per contest (9.6) and field goal percentage (.597/ 222-372).
The only player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots in a career, Devenport posted a four-year total of 384 blocks and ended her Buckeye run as the league's all-time leader. Davenport finished with 2,303 career points, which rates fifth all-time in Big Ten history and second at Ohio State. The Buckeyes went a combined 108-22 (.831) during her career, the best four-year span in team history.
Smith, a graduate in 2006 with a degree in communications, finished his career with a 25-3 record as the Buckeyes' starting signal-caller. He passed for four touchdowns in four games last season and his total of 2,542 yards through the air in 2006 ranks fourth all-time at Ohio State.
A native of Cleveland, Smith captained the 2006 football team to a 12-0 regular season and a successful defense of its 2005 Big Ten Championship. The 2007 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year established a Buckeye record with 30 touchdown passes last season. Smith capped his home career by becoming the first Ohio State quarterback to throw four TD passes vs. Michigan Nov. 18. The victory over the No. 2-ranked Wolverines (42-39), Smith's third in a row vs. U-M, secured Ohio State's 31st Big Ten title.