A Very Athletic D.D. Terry

D.D. Terry stands 6'2", 190 lbs., and may be the best athlete that the Jaguars signed during draft weekend.

D.D. Terry began his college career in little known Kilgore Junior College, as an athlete who played football and ran track. Terry then transferred to Sam Houston State, and subsequently led the track team to back-to-back Southland outdoor track championships in 2005 and 2006, running on first place 4x100 and 4x400 relays both years. As a football player, Terry was a guy without a position. During his junior year, he played both safety and linebacker for the Bearkats, and finished his junior season with 13 tackles, then finished his senior year with 45 stops.

"Terry didn't seem to fit in well on defense. We always felt like D. D. was one of our best athletes, but for one reason or another, he always seemed to be a backup player and not a starter," Sam Houston head coach Todd Whitten said. "It was a little frustrating, because you would look at D. D. and think, wow, what an athlete. He had a great attitude and worked hard. But he had the kind of body that was in between a linebacker and a safety. He never got comfortable playing defense.

During spring drills, I joked with our defensive coaches that, if they weren't going to start D. D. , I might just steal him for the offense." The jokes became a reality for Terry, because the Bearkats had a major need at running back after graduating most of their experienced backs. The move helped Terry flourish, as he earned Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week three times, and ended his season with a school record, 1328 yards rushing on just 215 carries. That earned him Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors, as well as being a semifinalist for the Walter Payton Player of the Year Award.

When asked about D.D. Terry being drafted, Head Coach Todd Whitten replied, "this is an exciting day for D.D. and for Sam Houston as well. Definitely, he was the most talented athlete on our football team this year and we're excited that he has the opportunity to prove himself at the next level. With his size and speed, D. D. gives you big play possibilities every time he touches the football. And, he's a quality human being as well."

Terry has overcome long odds while changing positions twice in college, and ended up being a star. He has very good speed, and nice hands out of the backfield. Terry is not afraid to block or hit, and could make the Jaguars based on special teams play.

Special thanks to Sam Houston State Assistant Athletic Director for media relations Paul Ridings, as well as Hunter Robinson. To find out more on D.D. Terry, or Sam Houston State athletics, go to www.gobearkats.com.

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