Torrey Smith adds another big play to resume

Rookie has recorded three of the team's longest six plays

October 17, 2011|By Edward Lee

Wide receiver Torrey Smith has just as many big plays as he has starts in his rookie campaign.

The former University of Maryland standout caught a 51-yard pass in the third quarter of the Ravens' 29-14 victory over the Houston Texans. Smith, who made his third consecutive start in place of Lee Evans, has recorded three of the team’s six longest plays from scrimmage.

“I don’t know. It’s just a pass completion,” said Smith, who caught three pass for 84 yards. “It’s just my role. When the ball comes, just make the play. It just so happened to be a few deep balls so far. If that’s the role I need to fulfill, then I’m all for it.”

Smith, the club’s second-round pick in April, leads the team with a 26.3-yard average and ranks third with 237 yards. Coach John Harbaugh said Smith has shed the rookie label.”

“He’s making some really good catches,” Harbaugh said. “The knock on him, everyone wanted to talk about the knock. It sure hasn’t shown up in games that he’s played in. I think he’s a great kid. He’s a hard worker. He’s just a really conscientious guy. Plus, he’s talented.”

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