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Smith, Ferrara Continue to Shine

The developments in the final six minutes of Saturday’s game overshadowed everything else, but there are a few other things to point out from Maryland’s victory:

 On his first kickoff return Saturday, Torrey Smith became the first division I-A player to reach 1,000 all-purpose yards this season. Where would Maryland be without Smith, who has 1,153 all-purpose yards so far this season?

 Coach Ralph Friedgen said true freshman Nick Ferrara did an incredible job filling in for all-ACC punter Travis Baltz, who is out with a high ankle sprain. Ferrara’s 61-yard punt in the first quarter was Maryland’s longest punt since Baltz had a 65-yarder in 2007. Ferrara averaged 43.2 yards on eight punts and placed three punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He also made a 43-yard field goal.

 In the third quarter, Tony Logan took a punt 43 yards to the Clemson 1, setting up a one-yard score by running back Davin Meggett. It was the longest punt return since Danny Oquendo’s 45-yarder against Florida State on Oct. 28, 2006.

By Eric Prisbell  |  October 5, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
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Ferrara is a stud. He seems to have a good field goal leg and he was outstanding in his punts. He was the best player on the field.

Posted by: kenw1 | October 5, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

One of those unwritten rules in football is, "When you need a big play, you go to your playmaker." Torrey Smith is that playmaker. He's got blinding speed and has the ability to get open in the field. I'd even say he's better than DHB was. This guy is definitely all-ACC material; we just need to get the ball in his hands more.

Ferrara is impressive. He's not a complete stud yet because he missed a key field goal late in the game against Mid Tenn, which would've put the game out of reach. But he definitely has the skills and the leg to be really great. He also has a lot of poise for a true freshman. Barring injury, by the time he leaves in four years he'll be high on someone's draft list.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | October 5, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I am awed by the job the Ferrara has done, especially as a true freshman. Whomever recruited this kid should be recongnized.

Posted by: larry31 | October 5, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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