Bright Spot: Terps' Smith Sets Team Record

Maryland Notebook

Single-season All-purpose Yards Mark Belongs To Him

November 15, 2009|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK -- With Maryland losing its fifth game in a row, at least Terps fans could focus Saturday on the achievements of Torrey Smith, the star of this season's team.

Smith had already broken his own Atlantic Coast Conference mark earlier this year for single-season kickoff return yardage.

On Saturday, the wide receiver needed just 35 yards to break LaMont Jordan's single-season school record of 1,840 all-purpose yards.

He broke the record with a 21-yard reception from Jamarr Robinson in the second quarter.

Smith entered the game averaging 200.7 all-purpose yards per game - third in the nation.

Brand battle

The Maryland and Virginia Tech game was between football teams but also, in a sense, between Nike and Baltimore-based Under Armour.

Maryland players wore special uniforms featuring black - with desert camouflage on the sleeves - to honor U.S. armed forces.

The tribute was coordinated by officials from Baltimore-based Under Armour - the outfitter for Maryland athletics - as well as the university and the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides services for injured service members and their families. The backs of the jerseys read "Duty," "Courage," "Honor" and other esteemed values.

Virginia Tech debuted a new line of white uniforms by Nike during the game. The school had held a ceremony on campus last week to introduce and promote the uniforms.

Nice view

Among those watching Saturday's game - for free - from a luxury suite was a group of about two-dozen Maryland students.

Maryland has not yet managed to lease all of the new suites that opened this year as part of the modernization of Byrd Stadium's Tyser Tower.

In the meantime, leaders from various student groups hoped the university would allow them to use a suite to network and watch football.

Student body president Steve Glickman said he recently wrote a proposal, and the athletic department approved it.

The students were given a fourth-level suite near the 5-yard line. The suite was not catered Saturday, but representatives from various student groups said they enjoyed mingling.

With the damp weather - and the Terps losing - the students seemed to appreciate their good fortune. "It would be worse outside," Glickman said at halftime with the Terps trailing 27-3.

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