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ACC Player Spotlight: Tamorrion Terry

Chaz Turnbow
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Ladies and gentlemen, we are back with another player spotlight and today we have some wide receiver action. It is my favorite position to watch because they come in all shapes and sizes and this one is on the larger side. Tamorrion Terry is a 6’4 210 lbs. receiver for the Florida State Seminoles. Prince Tamor, as I like to call him, is a prototypical big bodied big play threat for the NFL. He is raw and needs things to work on, but his physical upside is apparent. As always, I dove into the film and now it’s time to introduce you beautiful people to Tamorrion Terry.

Tamorrion Terry was a 4-star recruit out of Georgia in the 2017 class. He chose FSU over Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Ole Miss. After redshirting his freshman season, he started 11 games and broke the school’s receiving yards record for a freshman with 744 yards. He was also one touchdown shy of tying the freshman TD record. Terry is entering the 2020 season as a redshirt junior off of a stellar 2019 season, which culminated with a 2nd team All-ACC selection. He put up 60 catches for 1,188 yards and 9 touchdowns. His 9 50+ yard touchdowns are tied for the highest total in the ACC in the last 15 years, which includes some great Clemson and Ga Tech receivers who I will not name because I’m not going to get roasted for a comparison I’m not making.

I went to the film to find out why Terry was so productive, particularly in the big play category. He is explosive for his size, with good acceleration against off coverage. He is very fluid for a bigger bodied receiver, changes direction very easily and naturally. This applies with the ball in his hands as well. He took a screen to the house against Boise State, using his elusiveness and speed to elude two tacklers and outrun the rest of the defense.

While I love the athletic traits, He still has some technical questions he needs to answer to improve his draft stock. He often lined up off the line of scrimmage and when he was playing the X role and was lined up against press coverage, he didn’t work off of it as well as I’d like to see a man of his size. For his change of direction skills with the ball in his hands, it was odd to see him not run a more expansive route tree. Last thing that I would like to see him work on are his drops and skills at the catch point. The flash plays are there with the jump balls, but the inconsistency with his hands needs to improve in contested and uncontested situations.

As of right now, he projects best to a Z role in an NFL offense where his best work will come in the short or deep portions of the field. His big play ability alone will have offensive coordinators chomping at the bit to work with him.  If they can get improvement on his hands and his release against press, while figuring out if he can run a more complete route tree his upside is as high as any WR in this class. I will be very much looking forward to his progression.