Cathedral Prep graduate Damion Terry apparently is headed for a redshirt season with the Michigan State football team.
However, the freshman quarterback is helping the Spartans in another way this week. He’s impersonating Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner with MSU’s scout team in preparation for this weekend’s Big Ten showdown at Spartan Stadium.
“Damion (Terry) has done a great job on our scout team,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said today. “He’s a guy that can imitate Devin Gardner probably as well as anybody on our football team.”
Gardner is a 6-foot 4-inch, 210-pound, double-threat QB, while Terry, also a double threat, is 6 feet 3 inches, 222 pounds.
Terry wears No. 6, but this week he’s wearing Gardner’s No. 98.
His tweet Sunday showed that he’s not wild about imitating a player from the rival Michigan squad. “Not too excited to wear number “98″ this week lol oh well,” he tweeted.
Dantonio described the skills that make Terry a good imitation of Gardner: “Great arm, good running ability, about the same size,” he said.
One MSU fan shared her view on Terry’s week of practice on Twitter. “I bet Damion Terry is a better Devin Gardner than Devin Gardner,” she tweeted.
Meanwhile, another Prep grad, freshman running back Delton Williams, has moved up to No. 2 on the MSU depth chart after two dynamic rushing performances in the past three games.
Williams, who started the year as the No. 4 tailback, now shares the No. 2 spot with junior Nick Hill. The 6-foot 1-inch, 220-pound Williams rushed five times for 78 yards and scored the first TD of his college career on a 42-yard burst Saturday in the Spartans’ 42-3 win over Illinois. He also had 92 yards on 12 carries against Indiana recently.
Williams ranks third on the team with 210 yards on 29 rushes and leads the team with an average of 7.2 yards per carry.
No. 24 Michigan State (7-1 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) will host Michigan (6-1, 2-1) Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ABC. Michigan’s only setback was a 43-40 loss in four overtimes against Penn State.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor