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In Troy Smith's corner

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 28, 2007

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith of Ohio State slipped to the fifth round in April's draft, largely because he stands 6-feet tall. Baltimore kept only two quarterbacks last season, but Smith survived the final cut and is No. 3 behind 34-year-old Steve McNair and Kyle Boller.

Ravens coach Brian Billick was curt in his assessment of Smith's progress this season when he said, ''Like most first-timers.''

But 12-year veteran linebacker Ray Lewis said he's trying to help Smith.

''In minicamp I walked up to him and told him, 'I wanted you to know that I am a Troy Smith fan. Anything you need from me in this business, you just let me know,''' Lewis said. ''We are with each other two or three times a week. He’s another one of the young guys that I took under my wing to teach him the business side of things and really, just to have fun. That’s what I’m trying to do. I just want them to have fun. I want to teach them that there is a business aspect, meetings and the different things, but when it comes to football, just let football be football and everything else will take care of itself. Troy is definitely one that I grabbed on to.''

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