Toler Becoming A Force On Football Field

Dadeville's Terry Toler is becoming a force at wide receiver and safety as a junior.

Dadeville, Ala.—While Auburn commitment Darrion Hutcherson and linemen such as Rod Crayton, Rashad Blackwell, Serdarryan Pulliam and Nick Johnson get much of the attention when talking about the 10-0 Dadeville Tigers, one of the big stories this year for Coach Richard White's team has been the emergence of junior wide receiver Terry Toler.

Using his 6-4, 190 frame, Toler has become a big weapon for the Tigers this season. Mostly a basketball player his first season in high school he has come on strong on the football field and is now developing into a big-time player both at wide receiver and safety.

"It's about coming to practice and working hard," Toler said. "I'm just doing what I'm supposed to do as a player."

Terry Toler

Playing both ways for the Tigers he has been a key figure in helping Dadeville to another undefeated regular season in 2011. On offense has 23 catches for 470 yards and seven touchdowns while he has added 50 tackles and four interceptions on defense.

Dadeville is now 39-1 in the regular season in the last four years and is aiming towards a first round playoff game against Straughn Friday night.

If they hope to advance deeper than last year's third round showing it will be up to Toler to do his thing and stretch the opposing defense to allow the running game to develop. Even though he's a solid player on defense, he said catching the ball and making something happen is his best attribute in football.

"I think it's wide receiver," Toler said. "I can usually beat anybody that tries to play me man to man. My routes are pretty good. I'm just good at running routes and catching the ball."

In addition to his play on the gridiron Toler is also one of the top basketball players in the area. A standout since his freshman season he averaged 15.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.2 steals as a sophomore. Capable of playing point guard and a smooth ball handler, he said that carries over to the football field for him as a wide receiver.

"It helps a lot," Toler said. "It helps me a whole lot."

Already hearing from Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Troy, UAB, Alabama and a few other schools, Toler said he's just looking to keep improving on the field and hopefully the offers will come down the road.

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