Maryland kickoff returner Torrey Smith was named the ACC’s specialist of the week for the second time this season.
The sophomore had six kickoff returns for 204 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 38-31 loss at N.C. State.
Consider this an excuse for a look at where Smith ranks on the ACC’s career kickoff return list.
|Player, School||Years||KOR Yds.|
|Brandon Tate, UNC ||2005-08||2,688|
|Jabari Marshall, DU||2006-08||2,630|
|Eric Blount, UNC||1988-91||2,313|
|Torrey Smith, Md.||2008-present||2,202|
|Kevin Marion, WF||2004-07||2,160|
Two things worth noting:
* Smith now owns the two best kickoff return yardage seasons in ACC history – with 1,089 yards last year and 1,113 this fall. That’s a function of talent, opportunity (lots of points yielded) and kickoffs moved back to the 30 a couple years ago to create more chances to bring kicks back.
* If Smith maintains his pace, he’ll add another 371 yards in the next three games and finish the year at 2,573 yards – well within range of securing the record early next season.