The website mlive.com went to the MSU players Monday to ask them their impressions of Terry, a true freshman quarterback.
In an mlive.com report this morning the first-team players who faced Terry seemed surprised by his mobility and his demeanor.
“He’s a taller guy, I didn’t think he’d take off like he does,” defensive end Shilique Calhoun told mlive.com. “He can run. When he first came in, they told us he would run, but I didn’t know he could run like that, and I didn’t know he had moves like that, to be able to juke, stop on a dime.”
Terry gained a reputation for his calm demeanor in pressure situations while leading Prep to a 15-0 record and a PIAA Class AAA championship in 2012. Some MSU players saw evidence of that Saturday.
“It’s not just the plays he ran, it’s how he came in, he was calm, he wasn’t erratic like every other freshman that comes in,” linebacker Taiwan Jones told mlive.com. “He just took control of the offense, and after he threw that first touchdown, I guess he was on a roll after that.”
Jones added: “He was having fun, and I was kind of caught off guard, because there was a lot of talk about him coming in, and I wanted to see what he could do, and Saturday he showed us.”
“I think he’ll be a great player here,” Jones later said.
Offensive lineman Fou Fonoti said he was not caught off guard by Terry’s effort.
“I’m not surprised, but I’m blessed to have him on this team,” he said. Check out the complete mlive.com report.
On Monday, we reported on an mlive.com poll that asked fans: Which Michigan State QB will start against Notre Dame? (MSU plays Notre Dame in the Spartans’ fourth game.)
During the past two days, Terry voters have closed the gap to less than 3 percentage points. After more than 1,800 total votes, senior Andrew Maxwell led with 37.9 percent to Terry’s 35.0 percent.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor