The Washington Times - October 12, 2009, 01:37PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE —- It’s rivalry week —- or as close as Maryland gets to one on a regular basis —- so a little time will be spent on the players Maryland and Virginia have plucked from each others’ territory.

And while Virginia has some significant pieces from the other side of the Potomac (notably safety Rodney McLeod, nose tackle Nick Jenkins and linebacker Cam Johnson), Maryland probably has them one-upped with Virginia native Torrey Smith.


Smith leads the nation in all-purpose yardage, partially due to his talent and partially due to the many return opportunities he’s received.

Either way, he’s had a fine season, and Virginia coach Al Groh has noticed the talented wideout who was snagged out of his own backyard.

“Clearly if we foresaw him being the type of player that he is now, he would be returning kicks for Virginia,” Groh said. “So we’re not above admitting that there is a player that certainly has turned out to be superior to what many people thought, including ourselves. Regardless of what the circumstance was in the past, he’s a superior college football player.”

—- Patrick Stevens