Friday, April 29, 2011
Spring shoes to fill: Maryland
By ESPN.com staff
Biggest shoes to fill: Receiver Torrey Smith
Maryland’s offensive MVP led the ACC and the team with 126.7 all-purpose yards per game last year. He was third in the ACC with 5.2 receptions per game, second in the ACC with 81.2 receiving yards per game and third in scoring with 5.5 points per game. He finished his career with 152 receptions (No. 3 in Maryland history), 2,215 receiving yards (No. 2 in school history) and 19 touchdowns (No. 2 in Terp history). Smith also had an ACC-record 2,983 kickoff return yards.
Spring replacement: Kevin Dorsey and Kerry Boykins
So far there hasn’t been one player who has emerged as the obvious candidate, and if there has, coach Randy Edsall hasn’t revealed it. Dorsey is probably the best downfield threat, but Boykins also had a good spring. Neither of them started any games last year. Saturday’s spring game is another chance for Boykins to separate himself, as Dorsey is unlikely to play with a hip/groin strain. If Maryland lined up today, they'd be the two starting receivers.
Summer outlook: Ronnie Tyler, Boykins and Dorsey were the top three receivers this spring while Quintin McCree spent the majority of the time in study hall catching up on his academics. McCree is the team’s leading returner with 16 catches, but the competition will continue this summer. Tyler and Boykins spent time at slot receiver last season and combined for 23 receptions.