The Maryland Terrapins defeated the East Carolina Pirates 51-20 Wednesday night with a run-heavy attack. Ralph Friedgen’s Terps ripped off 297 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
Maryland fourth-year junior receiver Torrey Smith’s mind must’ve been made up about his NFL intentions entering the game, because he only caught two passes for 10 yards. Smith announced almost immediately after the victory that he’s turning pro.
“I’m forgoing my last year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft,” wrote Smith on Twitter. “And all supporters I appreciate your support.”
Despite his slow game Wednesday, Smith led the Terrapins in catches (65), receiving yards (1,045), and receiving scores (12) this season. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Smith was selected as a first-team All-ACC wideout opposite Leonard Hankerson of Miami (FL).
Smith also reset the ACC’s single-season kickoff return yardage record twice at Maryland. Originally recruited as a dual-threat quarterback, Smith played alongside Darrius Heyward-Bey early in his career before maxing out as the Terps’ No. 1 receiver in 2009 and 2010. Smith did his damage this season with freshman Danny O’Brien at quarterback.
A silky smooth deep threat, Smith projects as a late first- to early second-round prospect for April’s draft.