Terry is Persistent

ATHENS - Tramel Terry tore his ACL during the opening kickoff of last season's Shrine Bowl, but he's not giving up on a quick return to football.

Terry is a talented back to say the least. As a senior at South Carolina's Goose Creek, Terry caught 48 passes for 792 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 841 yards and 19 touchdowns on 113 carries. It's taking Terry a while to get back to that level, but he's persistent.

"It's definitely frustrating because I know I could play right away," Terry said. "I've got great abilities, but I've just got to find them again. It's like I'm starting all over."

Starting all over is a harsh way to put it, but Terry is having to re-learn everything he perfected through grade school. However, Terry said it won't be too painful. After all, it is the game he grew up idolizing.

"It's going to be hard work, but it's fun," Terry said. "It's football. I love it."

For now, Terry knows his role on Georgia's team and said he wants to extend it as much as possible given the chance.

"I'm here for a reason so I'm just going to keep working like I've been doing," Terry said. "Hopefully I'll be ready at some point."

One major positive Terry took from the summer is that his knee is close to full strength again. Obviously that's his opinion at the moment, but the freshman seems confident in his health at this point of Fall Camp. He credits that to a productive summer.

"I worked so hard in the summer that I kind of already knew my knee was good," Terry said. "It's pretty strong so I've been at it every day."

Terry wants to be back for Georgia's opener against Clemson. It's kickoff, so no shocker there. However, with Georgia's first opponent located in Terry's home state, there's a little added value there. However, Terry won't be heartbroken if he doesn't make it back in time for the opener.

"I worked so hard because I really wanted to get back for Clemson," Terry said. "South Carolina is my home state, but now I'm just being realistic and I've got a lot of work to do."

Outside of Clemson being in Terry's home state, he mentioned another reason why he was anxious to be back in time for the first game. It had to do with some bad blood between Terry and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.

"After I won Mr. Football-South Carolina I signed with Georgia," Terry said. "There were some words said from Dabo and it kind of stuck with me, and I've used it as motivation. It's frustrating that I might not be able to accomplish that, but eventually I'll be ready."

Whatever was said between the two will serve as motivation to say the least.

Whether it's in time for the season opener or a few weeks down the road, Terry said there's a good chance he could play this season.

"I can," Terry said. "I just have to keep working like everybody else. It is what it is. Either way it's a win-win for me. If I don't play, of course it's going to hurt, but I'm a freshman."

On top of the motivation generated by opposing coaches as well as himself, Terry has received moral support from a Georgia teammate recovering from the same surgery. Receiver Michael Bennett is just a few months ahead of Terry in the recovery process, and has offered advice to the freshman on numerous occasions.

"He helps me out a lot because I just look at him as a big brother," Terry said. "He's like two or three months ahead of me and I'm doing pretty well to be where I'm at."

Like many, if not all injuries, the ACL tear was regrettable for Terry. Not intentional, but still regrettable. The way it all went down still haunts the freshman receiver, but it's in his past now.

"Just knowing I got hurt during the opening kickoff of an all-star game kills me every time," Terry said. "I wish I could go back in time and not play in that Shrine Bowl, but it is what it is."


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