Erie fans have seen what Damion Terry can do from the quarterback position. He led Cathedral Prep to a PIAA Class AAA title in 2012 while setting District 10 single-season and career passing records.
Michigan State fans saw their first glimpse of Terry in the Green-White spring game, and he is drawing raves for the versatility he could bring to the Spartans’ offense.
The 6-foot 3-inch, 230-pound Terry displayed his speed and power on a 23-yard touchdown run that opened the game’s scoring. That burst showed MSU fans and Big Ten Network viewers that Terry can run like a tailback.
After Terry’s TD run, many reporters/analysts who cover MSU were intrigued with the possibilities that Terry could bring to the Spartans.
Steve Kornacki of Fox Sports Detroit compared Terry to “Slash” – former Steelers quarterback/running back/wide receiver Kordell Stewart.
“Even with only eight snaps coming down to Terry, he was the player everyone was talking about,” Kornacki wrote.
Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press wrote: “Michigan State fans have been waiting to see Damion Terry since the heralded and hotly pursued quarterback from Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep committed for the class of 2013.
“In their first glimpse of him, he lined up at receiver — and looked like a running back.”
Check out Rexrode’s story on Terry.
Mike Griffith of mlive.com wrote: “Redshirt freshman quarterback Damion Terry didn’t disappoint, scoring a TD on a 23-yard run the first time he touched the ball in the scrimmage. Terry also showed a deft passing touch.”
• Dantonio on Terry: MSU coach Mark Dantonio also talked about what Terry after the game.
“He’s a very good football player,” Dantonio said. “He’s got to grow. He can throw it.”
He talk about possibly mixing Terry into the offense with junior starter Connor Cook.
“We see certain people using two quarterbacks in systems. You’ve got to look at high schools a little bit. We experimented a little bit with those things and put a package together, so there are different things that we do,” Dantonio said. “Damion is a guy that can make plays.”
Terry appeared to injure his left shoulder early in the quarter and sat out for most of the game after that point. He did return for three plays late in the game while wearing a red, no-contact jersey.
“We put him in a red jersey because he was no longer live to be hit,” Dantonio said. “That was just a precautionary measure.”
• Williams sits out: Prep grad Delton Williams did not play Saturday after having shoulder surgery earlier this year. He did, however, get some air time on the Big Ten Network from the sidelines when commentators talked about the Spartans’ backfield situation.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor