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September 6, 2010
Niners sign former Heisman winner Troy Smith

The 49ers signed former Ravens quarterback Troy Smith to replace Nate Davis as the No. 3 quarterback on the roster. Davis was cut earlier today. Smith won the Heisman Trophy in 2006 when he played for Ohio State. He was drafted by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2007 draft.

Smith (6-0, 217) has played in 14 games with two starts during his three-year career. He's completed 48 of 89 pass attempts for 558 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a quarterback rating of 79.7. Smith, who is 1-1 as a starter, has scored two rushing touchdowns.

The move reunites Smith with Ohio State teammates Ted Ginn and Alex Boone. Smith and Ginn also played on the same high school team, Glenville High in Cleveland, where they were coached by Ted Ginn, Sr. During his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Ohio State, Smith threw for 2,542 yards and 30 touchdowns against six interceptions.

Both of Smith's NFL starts came during his rookie year (2007) after Baltimore's starting quarterback, Kyle Boller, went down with an injury. Smith started the penultimate game of the season against Seattle. He was 16 of 33 in that game with a touchdown and two lost fumbles. The Ravens lost 27-6. He improved the following week in the finale against Pittsburgh, connecting on 16 of 27 attempts for 171 yards and a touchdown in a 27-21 win.

The next year, Baltimore selected Joe Flacco in the first round. Smith has not started a game since. The Ravens this year signed Marc Bulger to be Flacco's backup, and Smith was released on Saturday.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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