Torrey Smith: Best Maryland WR Ever?

In the afterglow of the Terps' eighth win of the season, it seems the country is about to truly learn about Torrey Smith. After his ridiculous 14-catch, 224-yard, 4 TD performance against NC State, his season statistics start to look All-American-caliber: 65 receptions, 1,045 yards, 12 touchdowns.

Smith is a lock to make first-team All-ACC at receiver, after earning that honor as a kick returner last year, but his season is already one of the greatest in Maryland history. 

No Terp had ever before scored 10 touchdowns in a season, and Smith already has 12. Only once has a Terp had more than 1,000 yards in a season (Marcus Badgett, 1992, with 1,240). After his 61-catch effort last season, he's now the only Terp to ever record multiple 60-catch seasons.

He also became the Terps' career all-purpose yardage leader against NC State, breaking LaMont Jordan's record of 4,960 in the first quarter, and he's long been Maryland (and the ACC's) all-time leading kick returner.

After senior night, he's in the school's top three in career receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and 100-yard games. No one else is in the top three in anywhere near that many different statistical categories.

The crazy thing is, he might come back next year. If he did, he'd pretty much assure himself of every conceivable record. So statistically, he would be Maryland's greatest wide receiver ever. But will we ever view him that way?

Unfortunately, Maryland football hasn't produced a lot of memorable names on offense over the years. Outside of Boomer Esiason and LaMont Jordan, historically our players aren't world-beaters. When you think of great Maryland wide receivers in history, no one jumps out other than Darrius Heyward-Bey, but he only played two years. 

Torrey Smith did much of his damage on the record books during the Terps' worst season ever, though. Does that reduce his greatness? Probably not, considering Maryland doesn't have a very rich winning history. If this were Alabama, you know that would matter.

Probably a better question to ask is, will you really look back on Torrey Smith and think how great he was? When your kids ask you who that Torrey Smith guy who has a Jerry Rice-like place in the Maryland record books is, will you really have very powerful memories like you would a Len Bias, a Juan Dixon or a Greivis Vasquez?

I probably won't, because c'mon, Maryland's a basketball school.
Author: Ethan | 11/27/2010 10:24:32 PM |

Football Terps vs. NC State Thread

The football regular season ends today at 330PM ET as the Terps play host to NC State.  NC State can secure a spot in the ACC Championship Game with a win so they have all to play for.  The Terps on the other hand are playing for things like:  Senior Day, Pride, and Bowl Position (although its likely the Military Bowl regardless [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/27/2010 8:57:37 AM |

Terps to Play Elon College Tonight

Happy Thanksgiving folks.  I'm back in the Free State for a couple of days; but unfortunately, I won't be able to make it to Comcast tonight for the epic Elon battle.  These cupcake games are important for building the confidence of our bench players.  In particular; I'd like to see Weijs and Padgett play a little more.  Ne [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/26/2010 10:08:23 AM |

Maryland vs. Delaware State Thread

Threads, threads, and more threads. I still haven't properly digested the weekend that wasn't; but there is no rest for the weary.  The Terps are facing perennial MEAC doormat, Delaware State tonight.  We should win by 30, maybe more.  We aren't going to learn anything about this team until the Penn State game next week, so [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/23/2010 3:50:12 PM |

Maryland vs. Florida State Thread

After the heartbreaks in New York, it is now up to the football team to redeem the week for Maryland.  It won't be easy.  Florida State is as good as it gets in the ACC this year and the young Terps will have their hands full. Many seem to think that Maryland is headed to the Military unless the Terps make it to the ACC Championship g [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/20/2010 8:45:51 AM |

Maryland vs. Illinois Thread

There is much to dissect from last night's loss to Pitt; but given the time crunch, I'm throwing up a thread for the Illinois game since it is starting in less than 2 hours. Illinois lost in overtime last night to Texas.  Both teams looked good and Illinois will certainly be looking to leave NYC with a split.  The Illini have an exper [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/19/2010 1:21:34 PM |

Maryland vs. Pitt Thread

Tonight the Terps are big underdogs. Pitt has experienced guards and they have a big interior presence. The Terps are still learning about what kind of team they are.  I think the key will be for them to get off to a strong start.  If Pitt runs out to a big lead, we may not see them again. The Terps need to hang with Pitt for the f [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/18/2010 9:31:42 AM |

Season Early-view Part II

Since the season has already started; it would be silly for me to call this a "preview", so I am going with "early-view" instead. We've played three games and already there is a lot that we have learned. 1.  Backcourt minutes will be hard to come by.  Our freshman guards will be a force to contend with all yea [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/16/2010 10:25:46 AM |

Terps vs. Maine Thread and UVA Recap

There is no rest for the weary Terps blogger these days.  The football team delivers an inspiring (yes, I said inspiring) win today against rival UVA and tomorrow, the Terps basketball team has a final "tune up" before heading to NYC for some big tests at the end of the week. Maine returns 11 players from last year's squad and is [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/13/2010 9:56:18 PM |

Terps vs. UVA Thread

It's moving day for the football team.  A victory in Charlottesville means the Terps are headed towards the top tier of the ACC and some exciting games to close out the season. A loss and it's back to the pack and a likely 6-6 finish.  UVA is eminently beatable.  Yes, the beat Miami with Jacory Harris; but the Terps should have d [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/13/2010 8:03:11 AM |
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