A standout two-sport athlete at Severna Park High School, Trey Smack went against the grain when it came to his college choice: he dropped lacrosse to focus on football.
Two years later, it’s evident he made the right call.
The Severna Park grad, now a sophomore at the University of Florida, cemented himself as the Gators’ placekicker in the third week of the 2023 season and established himself as one of the best kickers not only in the Southeastern Conference but in the entire country.
“It was an interesting season,” Smack said. “I go into the season trying to compete for a job. During the Tennessee game, I come in, I do my job, I kick the field goal, and next week I didn’t know what was going to happen. I started getting on a hot streak during the Charlotte game.”
Once he got the opportunity, he never looked back. He made all three of his kicks against Tennessee — a field goal and two extra points — and then was perfect on five field goal attempts the following week against Charlotte, punctuated by a career-best 54-yard kick. It was the longest field goal by a Florida kicker in seven years, and Smack matched that distance later in the season against South Carolina.
“It all goes back to the operation, with Rocco Bradshaw, (the long snapper) and Jeremy Crawshaw, (the punter and holder). I trust those guys at deeper ranges too because they know what I need to make a longer field goal,” Smack said. “Jeremy will lean it back so I can drive it better, and Rocco gives me laces (out) every time too. It’s credit to them, because all I have to do is the exact thing that I’ve done all week. It’s good to have the range, and it’s really good that coach (Billy) Napier has trust in me to make those field goals.”
From that hot streak, the job became his, and he made the most of it. In total, Smack hit 17 of his 21 field goal attempts — one was blocked — and was perfect on 29 PAT attempts. For his efforts, Smack was named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, which is given annually to the top kicker in college football. He hopes to go one better next season and make the finalists’ cut.
With two seasons now under his belt, Smack understands better what needs to be done in order for him to unlock his full potential.
“Being in college football for a year and realizing I wasn’t ready last year gave me an overview of how it all works: This is what I need to do to be successful, how any times I should kick a week, kick a day, and going through a training regimen that would be very consistent,” he said. “I’m just tweaking some things in the offseason, just so I can stay more consistent. Changing a couple of things that might help me out, and just having the same mindset that I’m going to be more consistent, more clear, and more technical this (next) year.”
Several others athletes from the Severna Park and Broadneck area suited up for college teams this fall.
Alex Clough, Broadneck — Ithaca
A senior, Clough kept goal for Ithaca, where she started 20 games and logged seven shutouts, allowing 22 goals and making 74 saves as the team made the NCAA Division III tournament. Clough was an honorable mention all-conference nominee.
Maya Everett, Broadneck — Maryland
A freshman, Everett played in 21 games and logged seven shots for the Terrapins, who reached the NCAA Division I quarterfinals.
Arden Hunteman, Broadneck — Salisbury
A freshman, Hunteman played in 16 games for Salisbury, scoring 11 goals as the team reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinals.
Jess Kopernick, Broadneck — Stevens Institute of Technology
A junior forward, Kopernick played in 20 games for the Ducks, scoring four goals and adding two assists as the team made the NCAA Division III tournament.
Ella Phillips, Broadneck — Washington and Jefferson
A junior defender and team captain, Phillips scored twice and added seven assists in 16 games for the Presidents.
Makenna Quigley, Broadneck — Stevens Institute of Technology
A junior midfielder, Quigley started 20 games for the Ducks, scoring six goals and adding three assists as the team made the NCAA Division III tournament.
Safiya Stimely, Broadneck — St. Mary's (Maryland)
A freshman defender, Stimely played in 19 games, starting 18 of them. Her first collegiate goal came in an October 4 game at Immaculata. St. Mary’s reached the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Dom Downs, Broadneck — Salisbury
A freshman linebacker transferring in from Seton Hill, Downs appeared in two games for Salisbury, logging one tackle.
Josh Ehrlich, Broadneck — Susquehanna
A sophomore quarterback transferring from Marist, Ehrlich helped the River Hawks to an undefeated regular season and an NCAA Division III tournament berth by tossing for more than 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushing for over 850 yards and eight more scores.
Machi Evans, Broadneck — Washington and Jefferson
A freshman receiver, Evans did not appear in a game this fall.
Dave Fitzgerald, Severna Park — U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
A freshman defensive lineman, Fitzgerald did not appear in game action this season.
Brody Friedman, Broadneck — Delaware
A sophomore defensive back, Friedman did not appear in game action this season.
James Henson, Severna Park — Salisbury
A sophomore slot receiver, Henson appeared in four games for Salisbury, rushing four times for nine yards.
Jayden Joyce, Broadneck — Davidson
A sophomore offensive lineman, Joyce appeared in nine of the Wildcats’ 11 games this fall.
Braden Layne, Severna Park — U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
A junior linebacker, Layne appeared in four games, logging 11 tackles (eight solo).
Nathan Levicki, Broadneck — Presbyterian
A sophomore tight end, Levicki did not feature in any games for the Blue Hose this season.
Tristan Newhouse, Severna Park — Fairleigh Dickinson
A freshman punter and kicker, Newhouse did not see action for FDU this season.
James Patz, Severna Park — U.S. Coast Guard Academy
A junior receiver, Patz appeared in all 10 games for the academy this season, catching 43 passes for 634 yards and five touchdowns — second most on the team in all three categories.
Trey Smack, Severna Park — Florida
A sophomore kicker for the Gators, Smack made 17 of his 21 field goal attempts, including a career long of 54 yards, which he hit twice (against Charlotte on September 23 and South Carolina on October 14). He was also perfect on his 29 extra point attempts and earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice.
Tucker Smack, Severna Park — Salisbury
A freshman punter, Smack appeared in six games for Salisbury, netting a punt average of 37.2 yards on 15 punts. His season long was a 62-yard boot on October 7 against William Paterson.
Caelan Shepard, Broadneck — Buffalo
A senior offensive lineman, Shepard appeared in all 12 games this season for the Bulls.
Mason Stillwell, Broadneck — Catholic
A junior defensive back, Stillwell delivered a first-team all-conference season, logging 53 tackles (34 solo) in 10 games played. His lone interception came in the season opener against McDaniel on September 1, and he recovered a fumble against Lycoming on October 14.
Jake Wanner, Broadneck — Wilkes
A freshman linebacker, Wanner did not appear in a game this fall.
Ethon Williams, Broadneck — Shepherd
A junior receiver who transferred in after injuries and a couple of transfers threatened to derail his college career, Williams caught eight passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in five games played. On November 29, he announced his intention to enter the transfer portal as a graduate transfer.
Carson Sloat, Severna Park — Navy
A junior, Sloat participated in six meets this season, placing a season-best 11th at the Harry Lang Invitational on September 2. Sloat finished 41st out of 109 runners at the Patriot League championship meet.
Collin Sly, Broadneck — St. Mary’s (Maryland)
A freshman, Sly supported the tail of St. Mary’s’ running roster this fall, highlighted by a 63rd-place finish at the United East conference championships, where St. Mary’s finished third.
Gordie Bernlhor, Severna Park — Catholic University
A senior midfielder, Bernlohr was named Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year and second-team USCAA All Region V. He scored 15 goals, including seven game-winners, for Catholic, leading the team to the conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Nathan Carey, Severna Park — Roanoke
A fifth-year forward, Carey played in 14 games, starting 12. He went scoreless on 18 shots.
Bryce Costello, Broadneck — Frostburg State
A senior defender, Costello started in six games this season.
Jack Dunshee, Broadneck — St. Mary's (Maryland)
A senior midfielder, Dunshee saw action in three games this season, starting once.
Luke Eberle, Annapolis Area Christian (Arnold) - Liberty
A senior midfielder, Eberle started all 18 games for the Flames, scoring seven goals and adding four assists. Eberle was also named CSC Academic All-District.
Jordan Ehart, Mount Saint Joseph (Severna Park) — UMBC
A graduate student defender, Ehart captained the Terriers in all 14 of his starts this fall. His lone goal contribution came on an assist in a September 23 game against Albany.
Riley Erbe, Broadneck — AACC
A freshman midfielder, Erbe played in nine games this season, starting three.
Michael Johnson, Broadneck — Delaware
A sophomore forward, Johnson played in 18 games, starting one. His lone goal contribution came on an assist against Mount St. Mary’s on September 5.
Charlie Kriel, Severna Park — Navy
A junior defender, Kriel started 19 games, playing all but 62 minutes and helping the Midshipmen to eight shutouts.
Tyler Madairy, Broadneck — Penn State-Harrisburg
A senior midfielder, Madairy played in two games this season.
Charlie Meehan, Broadneck — AACC
A freshman midfielder, Meehan played in 13 games this season, starting seven. He logged three assists.
Jake Meehan, Broadneck — VMI
A junior midfielder, Meehan played in four games for the Keydets this season.
Brandon Morse, Broadneck — McDaniel
A junior midfielder, Morse played in 17 games for McDaniel, starting 16 of them. He registered three goals and an assist, averaging 80 minutes played per match.
Evan Souder, Severna Park — Washington College
A freshman defender, Souder made two appearances for Washington, which reached the NCAA Division III national semifinals.
Zach Tettemer, Broadneck — Loyola (Maryland)
A sophomore defender, Tettemer did not appear in any games this season.
Avery Arizzi, Broadneck — St. Mary’s (Maryland)
A freshman, Arizzi bolstered the back end of the roster for St. Mary’s in the fall, highlighted by a 23rd-place finish at the United East conference championship meet, which St. Mary’s won.
Mollie Fenn, Broadneck — Richmond
A sophomore, Fenn was part of a Spiders team that qualified for the NCAA Division I regional meet, where she finished 166th out of 246 entrants and the team finished 18th. Her individual best was a second-place finish at Virginia Union’s Panther Invitational.
Anna Janke, Broadneck — Queens
A senior, Janke featured in four races for Queens this fall. Her season best finish was 25th in the Pirate Cross Country Invitational at East Carolina on October 14. She finished 52nd in the Atlantic Sun conference championship meet.
Lydia Willhite, Broadneck — Columbia International
A junior, Willhite led Columbia International to a fifth-place finish at the NCCAA championship meet, finishing 17th individually. Her top finish of the season was a 12th-place effort at the Aikah McMillian Invitational in September.
Sophia Zell, Severna Park — Maryland
A senior, Zell anchored the tail of Maryland’s roster this fall. She was one of the team’s top seven at the Big Ten championships, where the Terrapins finished 10th, and she scored in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic regional meet, finishing 95th out of 196 entrants.
Lela Clark, Broadneck — Frostburg State
A senior midfielder, Clark played in 22 games for the Bobcats, starting 21 of them. She had four goals and two assists in the season, helping Frostburg State reach the NCAA Division II tournament.
Felicia Fishburne, Severna Park — St. Mary’s (Maryland)
A freshman forward, Fishburne played in 18 games, making nine starts. Both of her goals came in the same game, against Gallaudet on October 17. She also had one assist during the season.
Sam Hoffman, Broadneck — Thiel
A senior goalkeeper, Hoffman started all 16 games for Thiel this season, making 130 saves and posting one shutout, against Penn State Beaver on September 6.
Sydney Holmes, Severna Park — Rochester
A freshman forward, Holmes earned a starting position and had three goals, including two game-winners, along with five assists for the Yellowjackets, which reached the NCAA Division III national quarterfinals.
Mia Hull, Broadneck — AACC
A freshman forward, Hull played in 14 games for the Riverhawks, starting 13. She scored six goals and five assists on the season.
Sierra Lane, Severna Park — AACC
A freshman midfielder, Lane featured in 14 games for the Riverhawks, starting once. She scored her only goal of the season on September 12 at West Virginia-Potomac.
Eva Mowery, Broadneck — Maryland
A sophomore forward who missed all last season due to injury, Mowery played in seven games for the Terrapins. Her season high minute count was 43 against Michigan on October 1.
Ella Raines, Severna Park — St. Mary’s (Maryland)
A junior forward, Raines played in 13 games, starting 11, for St. Mary’s. She scored four goals, two coming against Lancaster Bible College on October 28, and added an assist.
Tina Tinelli, Chesapeake (Severna Park) — AACC
A freshman defender, Tinelli anchored the Riverhawks’ back line, starting 16 games and helping the team record seven clean sheets. Tinelli also scored five goals and assisted on two others, as part of an all-around season that landed her first-team All-Region 20 honors.
Sadie Wilkinson, Broadneck — Lipscomb
A freshman forward, Wilkinson played in 11 games for Lipscomb this season. Her season high in minutes played came August 17 against Troy, with 52.
Natalie Luscomb, Broadneck — Lehigh
A sophomore right-sided attacker, Luscomb played in one match this season, logging two kills and a block assist.
Emma Quandt, Broadneck — Salisbury
A junior middle blocker and right-sided attacker, Quandt played in 29 matches, logging 1.6 kills and 0.9 blocks per set to anchor a Salisbury team that reached the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Quandt’s season high in kills was 13 against Christopher Newport on November 10, and she logged double-digit kills on six occasions.
Bella Rubino, Broadneck — Salisbury
A freshman outside hitter, Rubino played in 19 matches and posted 1.33 kills per set on the season. Her season high in kills was 11, which she logged against Washington College on September 12.
Madeline Stewart, Broadneck — American
A freshman setter, Stewart played in seven matches, logging nine assists.
Hannah Waters, Broadneck — McDaniel
A freshman setter and opposite, Waters played in 23 matches for McDaniel, logging 4.3 assists and 1,65 digs per set. Her season high in assists came on September 9 when she dished out 37 against Mount Aloysius, while she served 20 aces on September 22 against Valley Forge.
Jillian Zukley, Severna Park — St. Mary’s (Maryland)
A freshman middle blocker, Zukley played in 28 matches for St. Mary’s, averaging 1.26 kills per set. Her season high in kills came on September 13, when she logged 10 against Randolph College.
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