Standing 5' 11" 170 lbs, Terrance Wilkerson is a little bit on the small side to play quarterback at the Division 1 level.
That is why Coach June Jones and the rest of his staff at SMU decided Wilkerson would best help the team catching passes, not throwing them.
Making the transition from quarterback to any other on the field is always tough, because as a quarterback you are in control of the game. It's difficult to not be at the apex of every offensive play.
That being said, Terrance Wilkerson has made the transition, and it has been easy, thanks in big part to the new coaching staff.
"They always get their point across without having to yell at us. There is a new vibe around this team and a more positive attitude. Everything is just more fun, and that makes switching positions easier."
For Wilkerson, the off-season has been somewhat tumultuous. He has gotten stronger, increasing each of his maxes by at least 20 lbs, but spring practice was cut short due to academic deficiency.
However, Wilkerson has learned the "freshman lesson" and is now fully on top of his academics. He has been cleared to play for the season.
"I was struggling for a little bit, but I finally figured out how to approach college studies. Once I figured it out, it's not too difficult."
With the academic side of college taken care of, Wilkerson can once again focus on more fun things like football. He has had to learn a new offense and a new position, but he feels very confident in his abilities, and the readiness of the team.
"I think this season will be much more exciting. As a receiver, I think we are going to throw the ball 90-95% of the time which gives me and every other receiver more opportunities to make plays."
Having more opportunities means having more practice running his routes and making catches. PonyStampede.com was there on Tuesday afternoon for a little 7-on-7 practice and the offensive is becoming more cohesive with their timing patterns, burning the Mustang defense deep a couple of times. The defense also had their share of interceptions, and overall it was a very productive, intense practice.
"Our goals for the season are simple," Wilkerson, the redshirt freshman, said. "We want to go to a major bowl. We have the right staff, the right philosophy and the talent to do so. All we have to do is believe, and judging by practices like today, people are starting to believe."