Ranks reactions: Troy Smith resurfaces

Updated: October 27, 2010, 4:57 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Remember former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith? Sure you do! The Heisman Trophy winner was a fifth-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2007, and he made two starts in his three seasons there. Now a member of the San Francisco 49ers, there's really little reason to expect much from Smith. Then again, I ranked him No. 25 at quarterback this week. Let's just say there are times when I complete my weekly rankings and I'm just not comfortable with the final result. This week is one of those times.

In what was a total surprise to me, Smith was announced Wednesday morning as the 49ers' starting quarterback for Week 8 with Alex Smith on the shelf because of a separated shoulder. Troy Smith's insertion speaks volumes about backup David Carr, but hey, if you're a 1-6 team playing a "home game" in London, why not try something different? What was Carr going to do, anyway? Heck, what was a healthy Alex Smith going to do?

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