Here are a few observations on Cathedral Prep grads Damion Terry and Delton Williams as Michigan State participated at the Big Ten media day today in Chicago.
1. Michigan State released its preseason roster, and there were some interesting things to glean:
First, Terry will wear No. 6, which he wore at Cathedral Prep, and, as expected, will play quarterback. He is listed at 6 feet 3 inches and 222 pounds. The height is intriguing because he was never listed at less than 6-4 by Prep in his final two high school seasons.
Second, Delton Williams will have jersey No. 22 after wearing No. 5 at Prep. Williams is listed at 6 feet 1 inch and 220 pounds. Again, he was listed an inch taller at Prep, which measured him at 6-2.
2. Williams’ position is listed on the Spartans’ roster at RB/LB. He is one of three freshmen listed on both offense and defense, most likely because the coaching staff will make the decision later.
This was interesting because Williams is so versatile that not only did fans not know if he would play offense or defense, they didn’t know which position he would play on either side. On offense, he could have been a running back or wide receiver. On defense, he could have played linebacker or safety. He also could return punts or kickoffs.
Those who watched Williams frequently in high school know that he was a hitting machine at safety. While he was a little oversized for a high school safety, he had great closing speed and was a form tackler. It had to be an intimidating sight for runners to see someone of his size barreling at them from the secondary.
At linebacker, Williams’ biggest advantage would be his closing speed in running down ball carriers. It will be interesting to see if he plays inside or outside linebacker if the MSU coaches ultimately decide to make him a defensive player.
3. MSU coach Mark Dantonio spoke at 1:15 p.m. during the media day. He addressed the quarterback situation, where the Spartans have a returning starter in Andrew Maxwell and several solid younger prospects.
Here is what
@MSU_Football tweeted during Dantonio’s talk:
– Dantonio: “Our quarterback position is much stronger than it was last year” now that Maxwell, Cook and O’Connor have experience
– ”Damion Terry comes in as a true freshman who’s an outstanding athlete and big body — 230-pound guy.”
– What the QBs “do collectively in August will really determine as we move forward.”
– ”Right now Andrew (Maxwell) is our No. 1 QB. He’s got a great deal of experience and a lot of confidence right now.”
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor