By Austin Payne
If you follow college football as heavily as i do, your first thought when reading this headline was probably something like: “Wait, you mean Kelvin Benjamin didn’t ever break a thousand yards? Rashad Greene?” Well yes, they did actually. “Wait so…it’s been five years since…?” Yes, it has already been five years since FSU’s Jameis Winston era, when the offense was loaded with guys like Benjamin, Greene, Whitfield, Freeman, and i could go on.
Florida State Football has undoubtedly been in a continuous slump of sorts since the departure of their very successful, and very controversial, national champion and Heisman winning QB, Jameis Winston. Though there was a short lived sense of optimism that arose around upcoming Deondre Francois, he ultimately had one good season that was derailed by injury and controversy, leading to his dismissal from the program. He actually just had a pretty decent year as a senior transfer at Hampton, in case you were wondering.
This, and the loss of Jimbo Fisher despite his claims that he would go nowhere proved detrimental to the program, and obviously his replacement in Willie Taggart has not done much to restore confidence in the fanbase during his time there. FSU has found themselves in football purgatory the last few seasons, but this doesn’t come without a few bright spots.
Tamorrion Terry, only a three star recruit and the 52nd ranked receiver nationally (247sports.com) coming out of high school in Ashburn Georgia, is not exactly what Florida State fans would consider a “prized recruit” as compared to what they were used to. Despite that, he managed to rack up 750 yards in his redshirt freshman season last year once given the opportunities. With his size, speed, ball skills, and really, the team’s desperation to find a playmaker outside of Cam Akers, Terry very quickly became that guy.
When you put up 750 yards in your college debut, big things will be expected of you, and Tamorrion properly fulfilled those expectations this season by finishing the year with just slightly over 1,000 yards in an offense that isn’t exactly known for it’s passing attack. Despite improvement and a decent year from James Blackmon Jr, FSU never had “great” QB play this season and actually switched them out several times, giving Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook a few games himself.
Aside from the revolving door at quarterback and an up and down year as a team, Tamorrion still managed to cement himself in program history. This though may be the end of his run, as it is somewhat expected that he may declare for the draft after a productive season and considering the state the program is in.
Terry will likely be a mid-late round pick or go undrafted, as this 2020 class is rather loaded as far as receivers go, but he possesses the skills necessary to have a shot at making an NFL roster next August.