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T. Smith Aiming to Catch On

With the departure of Darrius Heyward-Bey, selected seventh in the NFL draft, the Maryland Terrapins lost their most potent offensive tool. Heyward-Bey was a flashy game breaker, a deep-threat wide receiver with a 4.3 time in the 40-yard dash.

But that has cleared space for Torrey Smith, who received the backing of his teammates after his solid sophomore season and his show of improvement in the team’s spring practices.

“I’ve always felt very comfortable and very confident in Torrey,” quarterback Chris Turner said Sunday at the first day of the ACC Football Kickoff. “He’s a mature person. He doesn’t play like a redshirt sophomore.”

Turner added: “We’re going to need Torrey to step up and kind of be a rock for our receivers, and a guy I can go to.”

Last season, Smith set the ACC’s single-season record on kickoff returns (1,089 yards) and caught 24 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Heyward-Bey led Maryland with 609 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 42 catches.

But this season, Smith should be focal point of the Terrapins’ receiving corps. Maryland will also count on sophomore Ronnie Tyler, who caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in its victory over Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Despite the attention Smith will be under this season, Turner said he expected the receiver to handle it in stride.

“He’s a really quality kid,” Turner said of Smith. “He knows all of this. It’s no surprise. He knows that he needs to be very consistent this year and be a big playmaker for us.”

By Mark Viera  |  July 26, 2009; 6:43 PM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags: Chris Turner, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Humanitarian Bowl, Ronnie Tyler, Torrey Smith  
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Comments

I hope smith will become the go to guy..Turner seems to realize that fact..He mentioned him in greensboro interveiw

Posted by: carolina1 | July 26, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

A function of the success of how well the receivers play is the O line. if the line can't pass or run block, Turner won't play well, the running game won't get established, and the receivers won't have balls to catch. If the line plays well and can protect Turner, the backfield can produce an all-Acc cendidate and Torey Smith should be able to also be names all-ACC. Watch out for Emani Lee Odai and Ronny Tyler. I liked Gronkowski but he dropped a lot of passes towards teh end of last season. Wil be interesting to see who fills in a TE which is an important option in the Franklin/Fridge offesnive scheme.

Posted by: ntopf1616 | July 26, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Have folks been watching the acc kickoff on espn web?

Freidgen speaks today at 3:42 pm. This is not a knock on him however i sure hope that he shows a lot more enthusiasm then he did on the espn segemt when they went state to state,

Many very loyal terp fans shared that he needs more enthusiasm...Like the commercial "lets protect this house"

Thank You

Posted by: carolina1 | July 27, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

But that has cleared space for Torrey Smith, who received the backing of his teammates after his solid sophomore season and his show of improvement in the team’s spring practices.

By Gene Wang | July 26, 2009; 6:43 PM ET

Smith was not a sophomore last year, he was a freshman. Stick to fantasy football Gene.

Where is Prisbell?

Posted by: Barno1 | July 27, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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