On the morning of Michigan State’s spring game, Damion Terry was greeted with a surprise. The first play from scrimmage for the White Team was drawn up the night before and offensive line coach Mark Staten showed Terry the day of the game.
The ball would be in Terry’s hands on a trick play. He made the most of it, showing Spartans fans a glimpse of his abilities.
”It feels like a dream to me still because it happened so fast,” Terry said. “Connor (Cook) sent me in motion, I took it and took off. Unfortunately, I got out that scrimmage. I was looking to have a big day.
”I’m just looking forward to scrimmaging (Saturday) and future scrimmages.”
Terry’s day was cut short when a hit from defensive end Demetrious Cooper knocked him out of the game. He wound up having surgery on his left shoulder.
Now, as the Spartans will hold their first fall camp scrimmage Saturday, Terry is excited to get back in the action.
“I will take part in it, no hitting though, definitely no hitting,” he said.
Offensive coordinator Dave Warner said Terry needs to play in the scrimmage, but both he and Terry said it will not be live on quarterbacks.
”Obviously, we don’t want him getting hurt, but he needs to be behind center with guys on the other side of the line of scrimmage growling at him,” Warner said.
Terry said Friday he is ahead of schedule in recovering from surgery, but there is an extent of precaution in fall camp with his health.
”I tell them I could take a hit now if I needed to,” he said. “They just want to hold me back a little bit. I’m looking forward to contact in the next couple of weeks.”
So far this fall camp, Terry said he is much more comfortable than his first run through last season.
”From last fall, I knew the offense, but I was really focused on scout team and the other team’s offense to prepare our defense,” he said. “I wasn’t really in there with the QBs and our stuff. Spring came and I learned even more and fall came and I’m stepping up there and doing really well so far.”
As the battle this year at quarterback is for the backup spot, the reps have been split between Terry and sophomore Tyler O’Connor.
”We are just pushing each other and trying to make the most of every opportunity we get and keep growing every day,” he said. “It’s been big in my improvement so far.”
As for some special packages similar to what was seen in the spring game, it remains a possibility.
”We just gotta see,” Terry said.