But redshirt freshman Todd Boeckman also went through spring practice as well and impressed most onlookers with his command of the offense.
"My overall thoughts about Todd Boeckman, period, are that he is a good quarterback," OSU coach Jim Tressel said after the spring game. "He loves playing. He's a positive kid. Whether he's in the game playing his role or on the sideline playing his role, he's a Buckeye through and through."
On a miserable day weather-wise, Boeckman was 4 of 12 passing for 18 yards and one touchdown. He played one quarter for each team. Boeckman had one completion, a 12-yarder to Devon Lyons, wiped out by a tripping penalty on an offensive lineman.
"I thought he did some good things today and threw some good balls," Tressel said. "I'm sure we'll have a chance to look at some things he can do better. But the experience for him was a good one."
With Smith ruled out of the season opener with Miami (Ohio), Boeckman knows he must be ready to play if something happens with Zwick.
Boeckman discussed where things stand and how he intends to make the best of it.
"I have to help out the team and do the best I can," he said. "If that's the scout team or first string, second string or third string, I will help them out and hope I can help them have a winning season.
"I'm just ready to work hard and whatever comes comes. They haven't told us (about roles). Justin and Troy are great quarterbacks and I just want to push them to get better. Hopefully, I will get better in the process."
Boeckman graduated from St. Henry (Ohio) High School in 2003. He then sat out that fall as a grayshirt and enrolled in time for winter quarter in 2004. That made this his second spring, and he believes he is gradually getting the hang of playing quarterback at the college level.
"This spring, I feel I learned the offense a lot better," he said. "I did a lot of studying. There's a long way to go. I just want to keep on studying and improving and just go from there.
"It feels good just being out there. Two years ago, I wasn't even on the team. Last year, I got to run the scout team. I'm working on where to put the ball and doing what I know how to do."
Boeckman said the quarterbacks enjoy having such a deep contingent of wide receivers to throw to.
"They're just unbelievable," he said. "There is special talent everywhere you look. Albert's been here a year and Devon Lyons as well. Those young guys are learning the system and they will be unbelievable talents, like what we have right now. We just need to keep building on that."