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.”
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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