Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Terps' WR Torrey Smith injured but likely to play
By ESPN.com staff
Maryland receiver Torrey Smith -- the Terps' most productive player on offense -- didn't practice on Wednesday, but is still expected to play Saturday against Duke, coach Ralph Friedgen said on Wednesday's ACC coaches' teleconference.
"He's been limited in practice, but we anticipate him playing," Friedgen said. "It's more of a thing that hurts him when he slows down. We're hoping he's going to be ready to practice today or tomorrow. We'll have to see."
Smith has 355 yards and five touchdowns. He is averaging 23.7 yards per catch -- No. 3 in the FBS behind Kinsman Thomas of Eastern Michigan (29.1) and Jheranie Boyd of North Carolina (28.7). Smith has totalled 308 yards on 11 catches for three touchdowns in his last two games alone, including touchdown receptions of 60, 68 and 80 yards.
Friedgen also said he was going to "wait and see what happens later this week" before determining his starting quarterback. Jamarr Robinson is still not at full strength, and freshman Danny O'Brien earned the ACC's Rookie of the Week honors after leading the Terps to a win over FIU in his first career start.
"I'm not ready to make that call right yet," Friedgen said.
Friedgen said that during the recruiting process, O'Brien had narrowed his choices to Maryland and -- you guessed it -- Duke. The Terps would fare best with both O'Brien and Smith on the field Saturday.