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Smith turning heads at EA Sports Elite 11 Passing event

After the first day of the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback competition at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, Calif., many of the top quarterbacks from across the country threw the ball around to get loose and show their mechanics. Nobody really tipped their hand.

During Monday's initial practice session, Miramar's Eugene Smith was singled out for his quick release and the way he distributed the ball around on short and intermediate passes.

On Tuesday, the quarterbacks began the competitive portion of the four-day event, and the 6-3, 180-pounder started to show just why he was invited to this gathering that includes 12 top high school passers and current college quarterbacks such as Matthew Stafford, Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez.

"Eugene did very well," said his uncle Antwan Sellers. "There are some very good quarterbacks in the competition, but I have to feel that he has more than proven that he is one of the best in the country.

In Tuesday's accuracy portion of the event, Smith finished in second place, and with two more days left, put himself in a great position to make a statement as one of the best in the nation!

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

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