Jamison eyes next opportunity

Redshirt freshman defensive lineman was a scout team player of the year

Terrance Jamison arrived at the University of Wisconsin with the aftereffects of knee surgery still lingering. The Riverdale, Ill., native had suffered a torn meniscus during his senior football season at Thorntown Township High School (Harvey, Ill.).

"I had knee surgery after my senior year," Jamison said. "Following that (I) came into this program squatting about 100 pounds."

A defensive end, Jamison weighed 245 pounds and did not have the strength to compete as a true freshman. Labeled for a redshirt, Jamison did not hesitate to focus on improving his strength and his play on the field while striving to make the first-team offense better.

"I just took (redshirting) as an opportunity to get myself better for the future," he said. "And the scout team, I just saw it as an opportunity to get the offense better. Just practiced hard with the O line and the tight ends. Turns out we did pretty good on the ground."

As one would imagine, Jamison felt that he needed to build strength in his lower body during his redshirt year. Through training with strength and conditioning coach John Dettmann, Jamison said he now squats 280 pounds and weighs 255.

His performances on the scout team did not go unrecognized. Jamison was named UW's scout defensive player of the year.

"I think he showed that he's physical, that he's tough, that he likes football," outgoing defensive line coach John Palermo said. "He plays hard all the time."

However, Jamison, who still wears a knee brace, is limited somewhat in his movement. Jamison said he still has, "some soreness, but I just got to look past that. This is college ball now. I just got to play hard. Especially in practice I got to do it for my team. I can't let them down."

While Jamison is not currently looking to add more weight, Palermo sees defensive tackle in his future. Jamison could stay at end initially, but Palermo, who will retire after UW's participation in the Capital One Bowl, expects him to slide to tackle eventually.

"Terrance is a very competitive young man," Palermo said. "He's a physical kid. Athleticism's limited right now because he's coming off a knee his senior year in high school. I think he's a guy that's going to have to eat and be moved inside eventually. I don't think he's got the athleticism that you need outside."

"I just think with the way his knee is now he's a little limited athletically but he's tough enough and physical enough to move inside and play someday," Palermo said.

Jamison is focused on developing his skills; he expects to earn a spot in UW's defensive end rotation in 2006.

"It's time to turn it up a little bit," Jamison said, "….Because when the summer comes along they pretty much have an idea who they want to put out there on the field. So, about this time and spring ball will be the time to turn it up.

"I'm just going to be working hard to try and show up."

Palermo likes Jamison's abilities, but notes how cluttered Wisconsin's two-deep will be in 2006.

"I think it's possible. I hope it's possible because he is a kid that works so hard," Palermo said. "Whoever the new (defensive line coach) is is the guy that's going to have to determine (playing time). I would think just right now off the top of my head if they're both healthy that (Matt) Shaughnessy and (Jamal Cooper) would be the starting ends at the rush position and then a guy like Joe Monty or (Jason Chapman), depending on whether they play him inside or outside, will be the 5-technique, the guy that plays more to a tight end's side.

"Never say never. (Jamison's) got a chance because he is tough and he is physical. But I think it'd be hard for him to crack the two-deep next year."

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