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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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Two other players Martin and fellow QBs coach Matt James raved about were Eugene Smith (Miramar, Fla.) and A.J. McCarron (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul's Episcopal). The 6-3, 180-pound Smith doesn't say a whole lot, but his play on the field speaks volumes for him.


"Eugene really understands the game," Martin said. "I love the tempo he plays with. He never rushes anything and is always under control. He threw the ball very well today and you can tell he still has a lot left in his tank."

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GOOD JOB LARRY, THANKS FOR KEEPING US UPDATED... I'LL BE BACK FOR THE LATEST!

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Group 3 was regarded by many as the best of the day. The group was led by Eugene Smith. The lanky quarterback has been a mystery of sorts. He's the quietest kid in the camp, keeps to himself and you wonder what he's thinking on the field.

Then the drill kicks off and he makes the right read and a great throw every time. He's a very cerebral player and really understands the game. While for some of the quarterbacks, everything looks sped up, the game comes easy for Smith. He's able to slow things down and has been accurate. His arm has been strong two days straight.

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