TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For two years, Tamorrion Terry has preferred to let his work on the football field speak for itself.
The receiver, who enjoyed a breakout season in 2018, was reluctant to give media interviews and, when he did step in front of a camera or voice recorder, he rarely said more than was absolutely necessary.
“I was always laid back,” Terry said, “and always told him (Coach Willie Taggart) I’m going to wait for another time.”
Turns out that time will come on Wednesday, when Terry, Taggart and defensive tackle Marvin Wilson represent Florida State at ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte.
The Ashburn, Ga., native may be more comfortable using his legs and hands to serve the Seminoles, but when he and the rest of the FSU contingent arrive at their fancy, downtown Charlotte hotel, Terry will be preparing to use his voice.
And Terry says he’s just fine with that.
“I’m ready for it,” he said. “I feel like there’s a great opportunity for me to get up there and show people who I really am.”
Which isn’t to say that speaking softly hasn’t served Terry well.
A former three-star prospect from a small town in South Georgia, Terry didn’t generate the type of buzz that might normally be associated with a 6-4, 200-pound receiver, and it might have been easy for fans to forget about him during a redshirt year in 2017.
A year later, though, Terry broke out in a big way.
It started with two catches for two touchdowns in FSU’s Week 2 win over Samford.
It continued a few weeks later when Terry scored in three straight weeks against the likes of Northern Illinois, Louisville and Miami.
He added a pair of deep touchdowns at North Carolina State and, two weeks after that, provided one of the most memorable moments of the Seminoles’ season when he caught a game-winning, 74-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes to play against No. 22 Boston College.
Terry finished the season tied for a team-high 744 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on just 34 catches, and was just the fourth freshman in school history to lead in both receiving yards and touchdowns.
His 21.3 average yards per catch ranked fifth in the nation, and Terry averaged a touchdown a little more than every four times he touched the ball.
Eight months later, Terry is ready for his national recognition to match his production.
“I feel like I got respect from my fans, but I haven’t gotten so much respect out there from everybody else,” he said. “Because nobody really knows who I am, because I’m under the radar.”
Once Terry is finished in Charlotte, that will likely no longer be the case.
Even after a sub-par season in 2018, the Seminoles are still likely to be one of the top draws at ACC Kickoff, and Terry seems a good bet to earn a spot on the preseason all-conference team.
Beyond that, though, Terry says he’s prepared and ready to answer any and all questions from the gathered media, no matter how off-the-wall their queries may be.
Terry already has the NFL-ready physique and the impressive stats. If he flashes the personality to match them, he could indeed emerge as one of the event’s pleasant surprises.
“I feel like it’s my time,” Terry said. “And I feel like I should express what I need to express to the people and tell them what they need to hear.”
There’s one topic, however, that Terry doesn’t plan to discuss much: last season.
Like his teammate Wilson, Terry expects to field plenty of questions about what went wrong with the 2018 Seminoles, and how he expects the upcoming campaign to be different.
Terry is happy to look forward. But any reporters expecting him to go over the ins and outs of last year’s 5-7 record will likely leave disappointed.
“I’m just going to be real with them and tell them I really don’t know about last season,” Terry said. “I don’t remember that.”