Torrey Smith: Best Maryland WR Ever?

11/27/2010 10:24:32 PM
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.

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