Terry Set For The Big Boys

Name the top receivers in Big 12 football and the names of Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State and Roy Williams of Texas will be mentioned, and deservingly so.

But in the next two weeks, if James Terry has anything to say about it, he wants his own name to be recognized as well.

There will certainly be an opportunity for comparisons in the next two weeks when Terry and the Wildcats pay visits to Austin and Stillwater.

"I'll be trying to perform better than they do and make an impact myself and open some eyes," said Terry.

This year, Woods has 30 catches in four games with a whopping nine touchdowns. Seven of those game in one game against SMU.

"Nahhh," Terry said when asked if he could imagine catching seven six-pointers in a single game. "But he's like their main go-to guy. We have more than one go-to guy. I can't imagine catching three touchdowns in one game."

Williams has 19 catches in three games with three scores.

Terry's numbers include 20 catches, which average averaged 23.2 yards per catch. Terry's 93 yards per game ranks fourth in the Big 12, plus he has a pair of touchdowns.

Of those numbers, the 6-foot-5 senior said, "I feel like I could do much better than what I've done, but it just hasn't happened yet."

A native of Homestead, Fla., and transfer from Butler County Community College, Terry caught 28 balls last year, averaging 20 yards per reception and five going for touchdowns.

His best game came in the Holiday Bowl when he caught five passes for 90 yards.

This year he bettered that mark with eight receptions for 120 yards against UMass, plus had four-catch games against California and Troy State for 116 and 112 yards, respectively.

The improvement came during the off-season when Terry realized "... it was my last chance to play college football and I wanted to be an impact player.
To be that, I knew I had more work to do."
Of his work-ethic going into his junior season, Terry just laughed at the memory.

"Anybody who knows me knows what my work-ethic was," Terry said. "I've always been a coaster. I knew what to do, but why run around real hard? But now I'm putting more into it. It's just a change I had to make. My practice habits had to change. They were horrible last year."

Receiver coach Greg Peterson said the turn-around might have started in the class room for Terry, carried over to the summer-time seven-on-seven drills and now into the first five games of the 2003 season.

"We talk every day about trying to do things the right way and J.T. in making an attempt," Peterson said. "He's been much more focused and more positive."

Peterson said that Terry arrived at K-State with a "high school mentality" when it came to practicing meaning that it took time to understand the Wildcat-way of practice when it came to intensity and tempo.

Getting better with each day, Terry is now the Wildcats' version of Woods or Williams as he has twice as many catches as Jermaine Moriera, the Wildcats second leading receiver with 10 receptions for 168 yards.

"At times I feel I am," Terry said when asked about his go-to status. "When we need something to happen, I want the ball. That's just my attitude."

Now with at least three catches in four of KSU's five games, Peterson said, "I think J.T. an step up every Saturday. This year he has just shown more consistency, which means he's capable of having a big game every Saturday."

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