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FB Forecast: WR Ryan Smith

Our player by player season preview of the 2015 Duke Blue Devils continues with a look at junior WR Ryan Smith who will likely factor into the return game and on special teams.

Ryan Smith

Position:

WR

Height/Weight:

5-foot-7 / 165 pounds

High School:

Las Vegas (NV) / Bishop Gorman

Year:

Junior

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2014 Review

Smith has played in 11 games over the last two seasons - primarily on special teams, and for a combined 99 snaps.  In 2014 he caught one screen pass and returned a pair of punts.  

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2015 Preview

Smith began camp listed second on the depth chart behind starter Max McCaffrey at wide receiver and was also receiving a lot of work returning punts.  

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TDD Projection

At this point in his career, it appears that the majority of Smith’s impact will focus on his ability to return punts and on the coverage portion of special teams.  We’d expect him to compete with players such as Rahming, Johnell Barnes, Keyston Fuller, and others for return duties.  However, with the inconsistency mentioned by Coach Cutcliffe at receiver during camp, there’s a chance the door may still be cracked in the rotation.

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How he ended up in Durham

Smith committed to New Mexico in December, but took another visit to Duke later on. On that visit he was offered a scholarship and committed to Duke in January.

Smith chose Duke over offers from New Mexico, Colorado State, and Utah State.

The prospect's father was on staff at New Mexico, but when his father took a job at Syracuse, Smith decided to re-open things.  

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High School Highlights

Lettered four seasons at Bishop Gorman under coach Tony Sanchez ... helped Bishop Gorman to a four-year ledger of 56-4 with four state titles ...in senior season, had 39 receptions for 856 yards and 14 TDs as Bishop Gorman captured its fourth straight state title and earned a ranking of No. 9 in the final USA Today national poll ... as a junior, caught 37 passes for 1,041 yards and 17 TDs as Bishop Gorman closed the season at 15-1 and ranked No. 5 in the final USA Today national poll ... [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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