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Whether Ravens or 49ers win, Terps fans win

Wide receiver Torrey Smith tries to elude Champ Bailey in the Ravens' Dec. 16, 2012 loss to the Broncos in Baltimore. The University of Maryland will be well represented at the Super Bowl by Smith and fellow ex-Maryland standout Vernon Davis.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith tries to elude Champ Bailey in the Ravens' Dec. 16, 2012 loss to the Broncos in Baltimore. The University of Maryland will be well represented at the Super Bowl by Smith and fellow ex-Maryland standout Vernon Davis. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

When the Super Bowl is over on Sunday night, one former University of Maryland football player is going to get a turn to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Maryland is one of 14 schools to have a former player on the rosters of both the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers - one of only three college programs to have positional starters on both.

On the Ravens' side is standout wide receiver Torrey Smith. (Special teamer/receiver Laquan Williams was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 26).

The 49ers have former Terps' star Vernon Davis, a 2009 Pro Bowl selection.

Smith said it's nice to have Maryland represented on the big stage.

"It's big, especially seeing Vernon," Smith said. "He's been doing some amazing things out there. That's the big brother right there."

Smith had over 1,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns his junior year for the Terps and entered the draft a year early.

Since then, he has played a big role in the Baltimore offense in his two seasons. Last year, his rookie season, he had 841 yards and seven touchdowns. This year he posted 855 yards and eight touchdowns.

Smith's marquee performance this season was in Week 3 against the New England Patriots. Playing after the death of his brother, Smith hauled in six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns.Smith caught a pair of touchdowns in the Ravens' AFC Divisional round win over the Denver Broncos.

Davis, who had 83 receptions for 1,371 yards and nine TDs during his Maryland career, saw his production dip slightly this season in San Francisco. But he still caught 41 passes for 548 yards and five touchdowns.

Although the pair never played together for the Terps, they do see each other frequently, Smith said. Smith added that he has tremendous respect for Davis.

"In the offseason, we see each other all the time, whether down in south Florida or local," Smith said. "He's a D.C. guy so I see him a lot. We didn't play together ... I was coming in, he was going out. I remember watching him get drafted.

"He's one of the greatest Terps to play."

At Super Bowl media day, Davis said it "truly is a blessing" to have Smith playing in the league, especially in the Super Bowl.

"There aren't too many guys in the league that are from from Maryland," Davis said. "So to Torrey, who is playing at a high level ... I'm pleased to see that."

Smith said he texted "good luck" to Davis and said it's going to be fun to see who wins. Either way, Smith said it will be good for Maryland.

"For the Terps, it's going to be pretty fun," Smith said. "We both want to win and either way our Terp fans win."

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