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NFL locals photo gallery: Steve Smith scores a touchdown and Dennis Pitta loses his helmet

By Brandon Judd, Deseret News

Published: Mon, Aug. 25 10:00 a.m. MDT

 Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (Utah) prepares to throw the ball into the stands after scoring a touchdown in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Baltimore.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (Utah) prepares to throw the ball into the stands after scoring a touchdown in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Baltimore.

(Nick Wass, AP)

Former Utah wide receiver Steve Smith showed his new team just what he can do in the Baltimore Ravens' 23-17 preseason win over the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

Smith, who established himself as a playmaker in 13 seasons with the Carolina Panthers before joining the Ravens this offseason, caught six passes for 80 yards against the Redskins — all in the first half.

"Last week, I didn't do too well," Smith told baltimoreravens.com. "Was thinking a lot, overthinking, so I just came out here and just kind of relaxed and did my job. … That kind of just shows that I can still play and what kind of play that I'm going to have."

With the clock winding down late in the second half, Smith highlighted his performance with a 24-yard touchdown reception. Facing a first-and-10 at the Washington 24 with 33 seconds until halftime, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw deep to Smith. The receiver, whose defender had fallen down on the play, made a diving reception in the back of the end zone.

One of Smith's fellow Ravens receiving mates, former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta, also had two catches for 16 yards. In a scene reminiscent of his days as a Cougar, Pitta lost his helmet following an 8-yard grab in the first quarter.

Here's a look at some of the highlights from other players with Utah ties during the third week of NFL preseason play:

— Eagles cornerback Curtis Marsh (Utah State) tied for the team lead with four tackles against the Steelers; he also had a pass deflection and two special teams tackles.

— Texans rookie guard Xavier Su'a-Filo (Timpview High) didn't start but he did play during 67 percent of his team's offensive snaps — 46 total — in Houston's 17-16 win over the Broncos.

— Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger (Utah and Timpanogos High) had three tackles, a pass deflection and a quarterback hurry vs. the Rams.

— Vikings halfback Matt Asiata (Utah, Snow College and Hunter High) carried the ball 11 times for 48 yards and had two receptions for 34 yards as Minnesota beat the Chiefs.

Click through the photos at the top of the story for images of locals during the third week of the NFL preseason.

Email: bjudd@deseretnews.com; Twitter: @brandonljudd

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1. Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

So typical of this years sports stories about the two programs. Utah - Smith scores a touchdown in the same heading as Pitta losing his helmet.

2. kaysvillecougar
KAYSVILLE, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

You're right Jean Val Jean, most of us are interested in BYU. That should be obvious since we get so much interest from, no, especially from U fans.

3. BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK,
Aug. 26, 2014

Steve Smith? 13 years? That's impressive. Very impressive.

Does he have the numbers to get into the Hall of Fame? (No, that's not talking smack. I just don't keep tabs on this particular player.)

And....if he does get into the HoF, will he be the first UofU player to get in? (Again, not smack, just don't keep track of you guys.)