“Shoot, I can’t say,” Terry said. “There’s a lot of work I’ve got to do, a lot I’ve got to learn. On top of that, I’ve got to get healthy. That’s the biggest thing.”
Indeed, making the jump from Goose Creek High School to the SEC would be tough enough for a player who came to Georgia as a running back/receiver.
Making it while recovering from a torn ACL is another thing.
Terry knows a redshirt season could serve him well, but he also talks of contributing on special teams. He said he got just limited repetitions in the first preseason scrimmage.
“I’m not really in a rush anymore,” Terry said Friday. “I don’t want to get hurt again. I want to make sure I’m good.”
Terry, named South Carolina’s Mr. Football, tore the ACL in his left knee on Dec. 15 while returning a kickoff in the Shrine Bowl all-star game in Spartanburg, S.C. He underwent surgery on the knee on Jan. 4.
He enrolled at Georgia early, but could only watch this spring.
“I’ll never take this game for granted,” Terry said. “This has been the worst time of my life, really, just trying to fight and just keeping my head straight. I’m not used to being hurt. I’m used to making plays just like everybody else is doing.”
Terry doesn’t see himself as close to being ready to make plays.
Asked how ready he is to play in the opener against Clemson on Aug. 31, Terry didn’t mince words.
“Right now, I’m not ready,” he said. “I’m not ready at all. …I’ve got to feel like myself,. Of course, I don’t. I’ve got to build confidence in the coaches right now. They don’t want to put me out there if I’m not ready.”
Junior receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who has dealt with his own injury issues in college, told Terry on Friday that if Terry doesn’t feel like he’s ready to go, to not push himself.
“Think long-term not short term,” Terry said Mitchell told him. “He’s right. I’ve got to be smart about it and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Terry said except for some tendonitis, he feels good.
He’s practicing with a brace on the knee.
Coaches haven’t had any issues with his effort, he said.
“I’ve just got to really focus on being focused and not feeling sorry for myself,” Terry said. “I felt myself feeling sorry for myself the first couple of practices. Today I just tuned it out. If I didn’t make a play, I just got up and went to the next play. I’m just so pressed to make a play just to get my confidence back. It hurts.”
Matthews' remains on long injury list
Georgia starting free safety Tray Matthews’ sprained shoulder isn’t the only thing ailing him.
Matthews did not take part in the Bulldogs’ full pads practice on Friday with what the school lists as a strained left hamstring.
Another safety, Corey Moore, remains out with a sprained right knee. Moore is competing with Connor Norman and Shaquille Fluker to start in place of the suspended Josh Harvey-Clemons at strong safety.
As Georgia holds preseason practices No. 11 and No. 12 today, the injury lists stands at 18 players.
That includes linebacker James Deloach (thumb), tight end Jay Rome (sprained ankle), receiver Rantavious Wooten (strained hamstring), nose guard Chris Mayes (concussion), who all remained out on Friday.
New to the list: freshman linebacker Tim Kimbrough (sprained knee) and tailback A.J. Turman (sprained knee and sprained ankle), who also did not practice.
“We do have a lot of people that are down right now,” said junior college transfer receiver Jonathon Rumph. “We keep them lifted and they’re ready to come back. I’m just trying to stay out the training room, keep my body in shape and stay hydrated.”
There was one bit of good news for Georgia Friday. Cornerback Shaq Wiggins was in a regular jersey after being limited by a strained groin this week.
This and that
Georgia holds its second and final two-a-day practice Saturday and then gets Sunday off. The Bulldogs will have practiced 10 straight days.
“You can’t just weep on the heat and the days that you’ve been practicing,” Rumph said. “We’re looking at the big picture.”
…Coach Mark Richt welcomed the heat and humidity for Friday morning’s practice. “It’s been too cool at practice lately, but it was hot today and we definitely got better,” Richt said. “We had to fight through the weather.”
…Former Camden County players J.J. Green and Brice Ramsey spent a day this spring visiting their former coach Jeff Herron and his new team. Herron now coaches at Prince Avenue Christian.
… Former Georgia offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb is serving as a TV analyst for the New Orleans preseason games. Stinchcomb played for the NFL team from 2003-10.