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Big season on field, graduation off field could lead Torrey Smith to NFL following 2010 season

Redshirt junior wide receiver/kick returner Torrey Smith received an advisory evaluation from the NFL following the conclusion of the 2009 season at the suggestion fof Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen. Smith said Sunday at the first of two ACC football media days that he was slotted as a third- or fourth-round pick.

And that makes for another interesting sub-plot for the Terrapins entering the season: Will it be the last for Smith, who is within reach of both the Maryland record for career all-purpose yards and the ACC record for career kickoff return yards?

"I think he’s thinking about coming out this year," Friedgen said Monday. "He’ll graduate in (December). I don’t know if it’s the best time for him to come out, depending on what the NFL does, but I know he has some needs he has to take care of at home. But whatever he decides to do, I’ll support it. He’s a heck of a kid, and I know he’ll be successful, not only at the next level of football, but in life he’ll be successful too."

Smith tallied 61 receptions for 824 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore. He also broke his own single-season ACC record for kickoff return yards (1,309) last season. He was named second team all-ACC as both a receiver and a kick returner.

He already owns Maryland's single-season record for all-purpose yards (2,050), which he set last season. If Smith produces on a similar level this year, he'll surpass LaMont Jordan as Maryland's careeer leader in all-purpose yards. Smith currently sits in fifth place with 3,617 yards. Jordan holds the top spot with 4,960.

Smith also will enter this season ranked third on the ACC's career kickoff return yardage list. He has returned 93 kickoffs fr 2,398 yards thus far at Maryland. The only two ACC players ever to record more kickoff yardage in their careers were North Carolina's Brandon Tate (2,688 yards) and Duke's Jabari Marshall (2,630).

By Steve Yanda  |  July 27, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
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Comments

Torrey Smith is a great college player but breaking for the record for kickoff return yards isn't necessarily a positive barometer for the success of the team. It means that your opponent is scoring a lot of points against you so that is why he would have more opportunities to return kicks. Not trying to rain on his parade because I love my Terps!!!

Posted by: S-Doug | July 27, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Torrey Smith is a great college player but breaking the record for kickoff return yards isn't necessarily a positive barometer for the success of the team. It means that your opponent is scoring a lot of points against you so that is why he would have more opportunities to return kicks. Not trying to rain on his parade because I love my Terps!!!

Posted by: S-Doug | July 27, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

He said as much in interviews, S-Doug. He'd prefer to not break the record by not having as many chances.

Seems like a charismatic kid. If he doesn't catch on in the League he'll probably have a career in some sort of broadcasting or PR. Umterps says he's a CCJS major.

Posted by: Colm1 | July 27, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The players, coaches, schools, and fans do not care about the total kickoff return yardage records. The ONLY people who seem to care are the reporters, who always without exception fail to mention that no one wants to have those records because of what it says about your defense.

Seriously Yanda, please stop mentioning Torrey Smith's kickoff return yards. No one cares but you.

Posted by: Barno1 | July 27, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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