Boller Out, Smith In! Go Bucks!

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Will Smith Prove He Should Be The Starter?

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Boller Out, Smith In! Go Bucks!

Post by NUTHOUSE » Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:55 pm

Come On Troy This Is Your Time To Show Everyone What You Can Do!

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Rookie quarterback Troy Smith will make his first start Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Seattle Seahawks.

With Kyle Boller missing his second consecutive day of practice because of lingering effects from a concussion, including headaches and sensitivity to light, Ravens coach Brian Billick confirmed Thursday Smith will take his place.

"With Kyle, it would be problematic for him on Sunday, so, hopefully, he will be available to back up," Billick said. "Missing two days of practice would make it tough. We're certainly not going to put him at risk."

Billick acknowledged that Smith, last year's Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State, may also start the season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers because of Boller's injury.

"Concussions are very unpredictable," Billick said.

Smith will be the third quarterback to start for the Ravens this season. Steve McNair started six of the first nine games, but struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 3.

Smith rushed for a touchdown in his NFL debut against Indianapolis on Dec. 9, and directed a game-tying drive in regulation in a 22-16 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

"He's a very strong personality," Billick said. "If things get ugly with him, he'll be all right through whatever happens. He's a very strong-willed young man."

If Boller is unavailable to be the backup, then the Ravens would likely promote undrafted rookie Cullen Finnerty from the practice squad. Wide receiver Mark Clayton is a potential emergency option.

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Post by BigMcCauley55 » Thu Dec 20, 2007 8:27 pm

hope he dosent choke

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Post by LICKING COUNTY FAN » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:48 am

I hope Troy has a greeat game and leads Baltimore to the win.

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Post by buckeye21 » Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:24 am

I predict Troy to have a rough game against Seattle but what rookie QB wouldn't. Most rookie QB's struggle in their first several starts but hopefully Troy proves me wrong.

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Post by tomcat fan » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:45 pm

it is about time they are giving him a chance

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Post by rockhillbasketball » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:29 pm

Let's go Troy.

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Post by noreply66 » Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:43 pm

Don't care for Baltimore but Go Troy

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