Ginn not slowed by injury to right foot
October 24, 2006
by Tim May
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Ohio State Buckeyes receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was seen wearing a protective boot on his right foot the past couple of days, but that should not alarm Buckeyes fans.
Whatever is wrong — possibly a broken little toe — happened midweek last week, insiders said. That was before the junior caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown and threw a 38-yard TD pass to tight end Rory Nicol in the 44-3 win over Indiana. He also returned four punts for 42 yards, with a long of 19.
OSU officials had no comment on the matter.
Ginn is not expected to miss the game against Minnesota on Saturday. He will enter with a streak of 27 games with at least one catch.
Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether backup receiver Ray Small will be available. He was held out of the Indiana game for disciplinary reasons.
Smiths take honors
Quarterback Troy Smith and cornerback Antonio Smith were named Big Ten players of the week.
Antonio Smith, a fifth-year senior and former walk-on from Beechcroft High School, gained the defensive honor after a career-high 12 tackles, including a sack, as the OSU defense put the clamps on Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis. Smith shared the award with Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny.
"I’m just glad we had a great game with the defense, offense and special teams — I’m just glad we had a complete game as a team," Smith said.
Troy Smith matched his career-high with four touchdown passes. He shared the offensive award with Michigan State Spartans quarterback Drew Stanton, who was part of the greatest comeback in major-college history, a rally from 35 points down to a 41-38 win over Northwestern.
Troy Smith is the league’s most efficient passer and is rated No. 4 nationally in that category after hitting 15 of 23 passes — Smith missed on his first four — for 220 yards Saturday.
All of his touchdown passes Saturday came in the first half. The last time that was done by an OSU quarterback was Bob Hoying against Purdue in 1994.
A fifth-year player who already has earned his degree, Smith has 21 TD passes with just two interceptions.
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