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McDougal makes bid to start for Terps
Maryland's Dexter McDougle (right) looks to Torrey Smith (82) for advice as he adjusts to the college game.
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BY TAFT COGHILL JR.
COLLEGE PARK, Md.--Torrey Smith claims to win a large majority of his battles against Dexter McDougle.
McDougle will say it's even.
The former Stafford High School football stars are teammates at the University of Maryland.
Smith is a junior wide receiver on the verge of breaking onto the national scene.
McDougle is a redshirt freshman cornerback who has yet to take the field in a regular-season game.
McDougle said Smith is his "big brother" and one of the reasons he chose Maryland over Virginia Tech and South Carolina.
But that doesn't prevent a friendly competition that both players said makes them better.
"He's a competitive person," Smith said of McDougle. "He doesn't like losing to me. He'll tell you he won most of the battles in the spring or it's even, but he's a liar. I definitely won way more."
No one can fault McDougle if that's the case.
Smith made four catches for 90 yards and a touchdown in yesterday's spring game at Byrd Stadium.
He was a second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection at wide receiver and kick returner last season. He ranked sixth in the nation in all-purpose yards (182.7 per game), and he's Maryland's all-time leader in kickoff returns for touchdowns (three).
"My goals for this year are obviously bigger," Smith said. "I was all-conference last year. I want to be All-American this year. That's my motivation."
McDougle (5-foot-10, 200 pounds) simply wants to contribute.
He was locked in a battle for a starting cornerback spot with senior Trenton Hughes all spring. Hughes is expected to earn the starting job, but McDougle will be on the field, too.
Terrapins defensive backs coach Don Brown said McDougle reacts quickly, is a good leaper and takes football seriously.
"He's been fighting a hip flexor the last two weeks and never missed a play," Brown said. "What else needs to be said? He's just a tough guy that's going to play a big role."
McDougle wasn't matched up with Smith (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) in the spring game because they were on the same Red team that lost 21-13 to the White squad.
McDougle registered five tackles and forced an interception when he batted a screen pass into the air.
He nearly earned a shot at making plays during more meaningful games last year.