The Washington Times - October 13, 2009, 09:30AM

The midpoint of the season means statistical paces —- basically, basing future guesses on past performance —- are really easy.

Just double the numbers and go from there.


Among the interesting figures (which obviously do not adjust for level of competition). …

* Quarterback Chris Turner is on pace for 2,986 yards, which would be the No. 3 season in Maryland history behind Scott Milanovich (3,499-1993) and John Kaleo (3,392-1992).

* Turner is on pace for 250 completions, which would be third behind that same pair, and 412 attempts, which would be fourth in a Maryland season behind Milanovich in ‘93, Kaleo in ‘92 and Scott Zolak in 1990.

* If Turner doubles his touchdown passes to 18, it would tie for fourth in school history in a single season. The record of 26 (Milanovich in 1993) would appear relatively safe.

* If the pace keeps up, here’s where Turner’s final numbers would land him on the career lists:

Attempts: 1,027, first (Milanovich, 982)
Completions: 617, second (Milanovich, 650)
Yards: 7,460, first (Milanovich, 7,301)
Touchdowns: 38, third (Milanovich 49, Boomer Esiason 42)

* Wideout Torrey Smith is on pace for 62 receptions, which would rank fifth in the school’s single season history. No player this decade has more than 50 (Darrius Heyward-Bey‘s 51 in 2007)

* Smith is also on track for 1,038 yards; he’d be only the second Terp to go over 1,000 receiving yards in a season (Marcus Badgett, 1,240 in 1992).

* If Smith doubles his touchdown total to eight, he’d be only one shy of the school record shared by Badgett (1992) and Jermaine Lewis (1994).

* More Smith: He’s on pace to obliterate his own ACC record of 1,089 kickoff return yards in a season. His current pace is 1,674 yards.

* And one more Smith item: Duplicating the first half would give him 2,763, passing former North Carolina dynamo Brandon Tate (2,688) as the ACC’s career leader. And yes, Smith is only a sophomore.

* By the way, the NCAA record for kickoff return yards in a season is 1,382, set last year by Tulsa’s Damaris Johnson. The career record is 2,945, established by Southern Methodist‘s Jessie Henderson.

* Kicker Nick Ferrara is on pace for 123 points, which would be two shy of Nick Novak‘s 2002 school record and three shy of the ACC mark established by North Carolina’s Don McCauley in 1970.

—- Patrick Stevens