Damion Terry seems to have made Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio’s decision at quarterback more difficult.
Terry, a true freshman out of Cathedral Prep, had a huge performance during the Spartans’ second scrimmage Saturday. Earlier this week he appeared to be out of the picture for the starting job and a candidate for a redshirt season.
However, on Saturday during a closed scrimmage, Michigan State’s coaching staff got a chance to see the diverse set of skills that Terry used to lead Prep to a PIAA Class AAA championship last year.
Terry completed 10-of-14 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 40 yards. He reportedly did much of his damage with the first team against the first-team defense.
Dantonio talked at length about Terry after the freshman helped rally the MSU offense to a 37-36 victory in the scrimmage by throwing TD passes of 13, 38 and 43 yards.
“The guy who made plays was Damion Terry,” he said on the Michigan State website. “So we’ll look at the film and evaluate it.”
“Damion Terry is a big, physical guy,” Danotonio continued. “He’s sudden, and he can create. He’s still a freshman and that’s the thing that bothers you a little bit, but he can create. The name of the game – and I’ve said this over and over again – is you’ve got to create at quarterback. You’ve got to take a bad play and make it a good one because things are going to break down. That’s just the way football is. (After today’s scrimmage) it makes it (the quarterback race) even more interesting. Damion throws a nice ball, and guys went up and caught the ball. It’s exciting to see (his development).”
The incumbent starter, senior Andrew Maxwell, completed 9-of-19 passes for 77 yards and no TDs.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Terry’s performance complicated the QB situation.
Prep grad Delton Williams also fared well in the scrimmage as he continues to push for playing time as a freshman running back. Williams ran 10 times for 37 yards, including what the MSU website called a”powerful 15-yard touchdown run.”
“Jeremy Langford had a good scrimmage and Delton Williams did some good things as well,” Dantonio said.
Dantonio and his staff have less than two weeks to determine their regulars at quarterback and running back. The Spartans open at home against Western Michigan on Aug. 30.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor