The Washington Times - November 9, 2009, 01:16PM

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
KOR Yds.
Brandon Tate, UNC 
Jabari Marshall, DU
Eric Blount, UNC
Torrey Smith, Md.
Kevin Marion, WF


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.

Patrick Stevens