Jody Victor : Buckeyes Gathering National Honors

Jody Victor: Last week, after leading the top-ranked Buckeyes to a 42-39 win over No. 2 Michigan, Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith was rewarded by fans for his performance. Smith was selected as the week twelve Cingular All-Amerca Player of the Week, the only major college football award chosen exclusively by college football fans.

Smith completed 29 of 41 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns as the Buckeyes clinched the Big Ten title and a berth in the BCS National Championship game. Smith capped an impressive regular season during which he threw for 2,507 yards, 30 touchdown passes and compiled a quarterback rating of 168.

Also in the news is Ohio State defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock. It was announced Monday that he and cornerback Daymeion Hughes of Cal, and linebacker Paul Posluszny of Penn State have been named finalists for The Lott Trophy.

Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its third year, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.

Pitcock, a 295-pound senior from Piqua, Ohio, has eight sacks for the undefeated and No.1-ranked Buckeyes. He is on the Academic honor roll and volunteers at camps for underprivileged kids. “In 30 years of coaching defensive linemen, I have never had a better player,” said Ohio State Defensive Coordinator Jim Heacock. “He always maintains humility and always puts team before self.”

Go Bucks!

Jody Victor