OSU Announces Captains

Seniors Troy Smith, Doug Datish, Quinn Pitcock and David Patterson will captain the 2006 Ohio State football team. The announcement was released on Friday following a vote of team members. Click here for more, including bios of the four student-athletes.

Ohio State's captains for the 2006 football season are quarterback Troy Smith, center Doug Datish, and defensive tackles Quinn Pitcock and David Patterson. The four seniors, who have combined to play 128 games thus far in their OSU careers, were chosen by their teammates in a vote and the results were announced Friday.

Smith, speaking for his fellow captains in an official OSU press release, said the Buckeyes are ready to get the season started.

"This is a terrific honor to be elected captain by your teammates," Smith said. "Work is just getting started. We have had a great training camp. Now we just need to keep going."

Below are the captains' bios, courtesy of OSU sports information.

* Smith: Arguably the finest all-around quarterback in college football and unquestionably one of the game's most dynamic leaders ...a preseason favorite for the Heisman Trophy and will almost certainly be in the running for first-team All-America recognition ... has a strong, accurate arm, is a dangerous runner and excels at keeping the play alive ... is mentally tough, very competitive and spends countless hours studying film ... coming off a sensational junior campaign in which he led the Buckeyes to a 10-2 record, a share of the Big Ten championship and seven consecutive victories to end the season ... has fashioned a 13-2 record as a starter and is at his best in big games or when the pressure is on ... rolled up 337 yards in total offense against Michigan last year and followed that up six weeks later with 408 yards against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl ... was the MVP of the Fiesta Bowl, where he threw for a career-high 342 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for another 66 yards ... his Fiesta Bowl passing yardage figure bettered his previous high of 300 yards against Michigan in the 2005 regular-season finale ... accounted for 27 touchdowns last year - 16 passing and 11 rushing ... led the Big Ten and finished sixth nationally in passing efficiency in 2005, throwing for 2,282 yards and completing 63 percent of his passes ... had just one game last year in which he completed less than 50 percent of his aerials ...his 11 rushing touchdowns in 2005 are three shy of the school record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (Les Horvath had 14 in 1944) ... had four games (Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Notre Dame) last year in which he totaled more that 300 yards in total offense ...now has topped the 300-yard mark five times in total offense, one shy of the school record held by Joe Germaine (1996-98) ... is only the second player in Ohio State annals to top the 400-yard mark in total offense in a game (Art Schlichter with 412 against Florida State in 1981is the other) ... has led the Buckeyes to comeback wins over Michigan each of the past two years, engineering two long scoring drives in the fourth quarters of both games to secure the victory ... has a chance to join Tippy Dye (1934-36) as the only Ohio State quarterbacks to lead their teams to three consecutive wins over Michigan ... ran for 145 yards against Michigan as a sophomore to become the first Ohio State quarterback since Rod Gerald in 1977 to top the 100-yard mark on the ground ...came to Ohio State as a talented athlete and has evolved into a superb quarterback with a knack for winning football games ... graduated from Ohio State at the end of Spring Quarter 2006 with a B. A. in communication.

* Datish: Received his degree in history at the end of Winter Quarter and is currently attending graduate school ... will step in at center for graduated Nick Mangold, a first-round pick of the New York Jets in last spring's NFL draft ... has big shoes to fill but is more than capable of doing so ... has played and started all three interior line positions for the Buckeyes, including all 12 games last year at left tackle ... has 26 games and 22 starts to his credit ... was named offensive lineman of the week following the Iowa, Illinois and Michigan games last year and was the offensive player of the game after the win over Michigan State ... has been one of the Buckeyes' most consistent performers up front the past two years and has the perfect temperament for the offensive line ... should be in the hunt for postseason honors this year and could be a candidate for the Rimington Award as the best center in college football ... certainly has all the physical tools for the latter award and is a smart football player who goes the extra yard when it comes to studying film ... sat out spring ball while recovering from postseason shoulder surgery, but will be champing at the bit when fall camp opens ... a very good football player and an outstanding leader ... his father, Mike Datish, played for the Buckeyes in the mid 1970's, so his scarlet and gray roots run deep.

* Pitcock: All-America candidate and the anchor up front on the Buckeyes' defensive line ... strong as a bull, quick as a cat and tough as they come ... will be the leader of the OSU defense both on and off the field ... blue collar player who scraps and claws on every play ... is almost always double-teamed ... will be in his third year as a starter and has played in 37 games the past three years ... has 23 career starts to his credit ... has 94 career tackles, including 15.5 tackles-for-loss and six sacks ... thrives on competition ... was held out of spring ball while recovering from postseason shoulder surgery but is expected to be 100 percent in the fall ... a terrific football player who did not get his just due last year ... one of the strongest players on the team and has a 36-inch vertical leap at 295 pounds ... really came into his own in 2004 after understudying Tim Anderson in 2003.

* Patterson: One of two returning starters on the defense (the other is senior tackle Quinn Pitcock ... moves from end to tackle this year, but really played inside the majority of the time last year, starting the game at defensive end, then moving to tackle after the first series ... he and Pitcock give the Buckeyes two physically and mentally tough inside defenders ... is one of 18 seniors on this year's team, but is the only fourth-year senior in that group (the other 17 are in their fifth seasons) ... has played in 36 of the Buckeyes' 37 games the past three years and has started 12 of those contests ... has 50 career tackles, 24 of those coming last year ... played defensive end as a freshman, defensive tackle as a sophomore and then switched back-and-forth last year ... coming off a good year and expects to have his best season in 2006.

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