Star Michigan State Freshman Damion Terry Opens Up About the QB Race, His Progress and More!
Q: Talk to use about your development. Where do you think you are and how are you better?
Damion Terry: Iâ€™m light years ahead of where I was last year, just playbook-wise and signals and everything. Just getting an understanding of the game better. Connor, Tommy, Tyler, Paulâ€¦we all help each other out. Coach Salemâ€™s been helping me out, making it all easier. Weâ€™re all just competing. Itâ€™s a going by good so far.
Q: Is the game starting to slow down for you now?
DAMION TERRY: Oh yeah, itâ€™s definitely gotten a lot slower. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s because Queze and Max left, or Iâ€™m just getting old, or nah… But itâ€™s going a lot slower by far. Just the reads and who Iâ€™m supposed to be looking at pre-snap and just the protection calls. But everythingâ€™s going a lot smoother this year.
Q: Is this offense better today than it was in the Rose Bowl?
DAMION TERRY: Uh, I think so, yeah. We obviously wanna get back to that point, but if everything goes as planned I think we should be way better than we were last year. Coach Warner always emphasizes that we donâ€™t wanna be in the middle of the Big 10 in stats. We wanna be #1, #2. So weâ€™re just pushing for that and hopefully weâ€™re there by Jacksonville State.
Q: How is it better?
DAMION TERRY: Everything. Our chemistryâ€™s really good. We all work together. Even on off days weâ€™ll all, Connor or somebody will get everyone together and weâ€™ll all just come in and throw. Just the chemistry and the bond the team has, and then with Coach D and all the way down.
Q: We only saw two clips of you, no stats. You got sacked in both of them.
DAMION TERRY: Coach D must not like meâ€¦
Q: What happened Friday night?
DAMION TERRY: We did good, everyoneâ€¦me, Tyler, Connor. We all got reps, we all did pretty good. Obviously we wanna do better, butâ€¦ Yeah, I did get sacked a couple times and Iâ€™ll take the blame for that. No picks, nothing. I donâ€™t even know my stats off the top of my head.
Q: Any touchdowns?
DAMION TERRY: Any touchdowns? No, no touchdowns. We drove though. We drove the ball.
Q: We know you put up those outrageous numbers in that scrimmage last year. We know youâ€™re further along just because the numbers donâ€™t match. How much further along are you and what do you think you still gotta get better at?
DAMION TERRY: Iâ€™m a lot better at signals, just the playbook and just offense in general, knowing my concepts and my reads and stuff. I just wanna keep getting better at that, learning everything. I wanna be able to learn, just be able to audible out of plays and stuff like that. What CCâ€™s good at doing in just calling his own plays. Sometimes the playâ€™s not there. Hopefully I get to that point.
Q: How important is it for you to get on the field? Are you solid in the program?
DAMION TERRY: I just try not to think about none of that. Obviously I wanna play, but whatever I can do to help the team thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m here for.
Q: Do you look at yourself right now as competing for starting the job or competing with Tyler for the #2 job?
DAMION TERRY: Number one is obviously Connor. They probably say everythingâ€™s open to everyone, but Connorâ€™s working right now. Me and Tyler get the majority of the 2â€™s. I mean we might get a 1 here and there, but thatâ€™s CCâ€™s job.
Q; So how is the competition going between you two then?
DAMION TERRY: Itâ€™s going good. Me and Tyler are great friends, we hang out off the field, weâ€™re always looking to help each other. Weâ€™re never just down on anyone. Weâ€™re good friends on and off the field. Weâ€™re always telling each other we could have done differently on this play, or here or there. But heâ€™s a good freind and a good teammate.
Q: Would you say heâ€™s ahead of you right now?
DAMION TERRY: I wouldnâ€™t say that, I meanâ€¦ I donâ€™t know. Itâ€™s spring ball, my first spring ball. He knows a little more than me so he starts it off for sure. Iâ€™m still learning.
Q: The audible packages are really checks. Would you like to see them open the audible packages and let you guys really audible?
DAMION TERRY: Uhhhh, that would be nice. Every quarterback would probably want that, but I donâ€™t see it coming.
Q: Weâ€™ve probably talked more about packages for you more than anybody on the team because we know what youâ€™re capable of. Do you think thatâ€™s still a possibility?
DAMION TERRY: I think it is for sure. Just a lot of the new run plays weâ€™re starting to bring in and implement in our offense. Weâ€™re starting a lot more read plays. Coach Salem always jokes that weâ€™re skilled QBs nowâ€¦so I guess he doesnâ€™t think weâ€™re athletic. But no, everythingâ€™s going good. I definitely see it as a possibility, but weâ€™ll see ifâ€¦
Q: Is that kind of on you to force that hand, to be that good? Is that kind of how you look at it?
DAMION TERRY: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Definitely. I think Coach Warner and the offensive staff is bringing up some possibilities. They wanna see how itâ€™s working right now in the spring, and then maybe fall camp they might have packages and stuff.