Curry's speed boosts Country Day attack

Detroit Country Day coach Dan MacLean has said this year's football team may be his best athletically.

And he doesn't have to look too much farther than in the direction of wide receiver Deon Curry.

The senior speedster, who has verbally committed to Michigan State, is hoping to help County Day become a state contender this year.

An early-season loss to Orchard Lake St. Mary wasn't too discouraging as far as Curry was concerned.

"We always play the toughest teams," Curry said. "We should have won that game. We were up 14-7."

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound Curry, in his third varsity season, started out in his first two games with nine catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

"In my opinion, I would say I've improved a lot from last year," he said. "I've been able to get open easier. We've changed to the spread offense. I've been able to get the football more."

Curry has emerged as Country Day's top receiver this season after Ken Thomas graduated from last year's team.

"I'm the go-to receiver this year," Curry said. "I can get open. I want to increase my speed. I'm running the 40 at 4.5 seconds right now. I can go up and get the ball. On a couple of my catches. I've jumped over the back of the defender."

Curry is also giving Country Day key contributions at defensive back.

"We have more of a solid group of defensive backs this year," Curry said. "Most of the passes go to the opposite side, away from my defensive coverage area."

Curry wants to pick up his game a few notches as the season goes on.

"There is room for improvement," he said. "Basically on defense, I think I'm doing a pretty good job."

Curry's top concern is leading Country Day to the playoffs. "We're capable of doing a lot," Curry said. "We want to get a least six wins to qualify for playoffs. Our goal is to work hard and make it to the playoffs. We're capable of doing that.

"At any point in time, any of the guys can step up. We can be a dangerous team. We just have to get things on track."

Curry verbally committed to Michigan State in April. "That's where I wanted to go," he said. "I moved to Michigan in the fifth grade and I've been a big Spartan fan ever since. I met the new coach (John L. Smith)."

His main priority now is to help Country Day have a banner season and also be ready for his collegiate career.

"I need to improve my speed and strength," he said. "Big Ten football is so much more intense. I need to be quicker getting in an out of coverage."

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