The journey from South Carolina’s “Mr. Football”, to Georgia’s newest defensive back, hasn’t been easy for redshirt freshman, Tramel Terry; he’s had a host of challenges come his way, but he’s continually managed to rise above the fray, stay focused, and remain positive—even when it seemed the odds were heavily stacked against him.
With a new defensive coordinator, offering new opportunities, Terry has channeled all of his energy towards getting on the football field, as a defensive back, starting in game one; and while he knows he still has a ways to go, he’s not worried—in Terry’s neck of the woods, hard work and perseverance tends to pay off, and he’s got a mind for doing both.
“I’ve still got to become defensive-minded,” Terry said Thursday. “Like when I’m watching film sometimes, I’ve got to turn my head a look at the defense, because I’m so used to looking for the offense. … Each day it’s getting better and better. I’ve just got to get all the little terms and put them out of the field instead of thinking so much. Other than that, I’m fine. I’m going to during the summertime work hard, get my footwork right and become a DB.” (Gentry Estes, Dawgs247)
It would be easy to discount Terry and say he’s got little to no chance of breaking a rotation filled with guys who have more experience playing the spot than him, but that would be a mistake. Terry may have the tools to be a star on offense, but he’s also got the skills to be every bit as effective on defense; he just needs to polish those skills a bit more before he’s able to show them to the world.
In the meantime, he’ll continue to do what he’s always done—work hard—until he’s able to do what he came to Athens to do…play football for the Georgia Bulldogs.
“I’m actually trying to get some extra help with one of the coaches just to see where I need to work on and just keep pushing, because I didn’t come here to be a second-team guy or a third-team guy. I came here to play, and that’s my goal this year. I’ve just got to put in the work.” (Gentry Estes, Dawgs247)