As the quarterback battle unfolded at Michigan State in August, Damion Terry found himself in the thick of it all.
The true freshman broke out during the second fall scrimmage and made it a four-man race – a race ultimately won by Connor Cook.
Even with the unsettled nature in the summer and fall, Terry said the Spartans always felt like the Rose Bowl was a possibility.
”We always thought we could do it, but I know a lot of people didn’t think we could,” he said. “It’s always been a big goal and we had a rough start on offense coming in so people doubted but then Connor stepped up, Jeremy Langford, Tony Lippett, all the receivers stepped up.
”Everything’s been rolling and combined with the nation’s No. 1 defense, we are pretty hard to stop.”
Despite not winning the starting spot and being redshirted, the highly touted recruit said being a part the team winning the Big Ten title has made it a memorable year.
”This is one of the most fun years of football I’ve ever had even though I’m not playing,” he said. “It’s just a fun year. All of my teammates, I love them a lot and we just wanna keep this thing rolling this week.”
As the Spartans prepare for their first Rose Bowl in 26 years, it also puts the bar high for Terry and his fellow freshman, who now are 1 for 1 in making it to Pasadena. With the bar set high – and “loving the Cali life,” as Terry said – he hopes they come back soon, and then some.
”I hope we can go to the Rose Bowl every year and then hopefully a national championship,” he said.
As for his role next season, he said time will tell how he factors in.
“Honestly, I have no idea but we will see come spring,” he said. “Someone just asked me about receiver. Other people say some packages, but I honestly have no idea.”
So has he thought about using his 6-foot-4 frame at a different position? He said never, but with a smile said he saw the fun in it.
“I always wanted to play receiver, but I don’t know if they’d let me.”