Heading into this week's practice before Saturday's home match up against Youngstown State, Dantonio told reporters that last week's starting quarterback, Connor Cook, would get the No. 1 spot during the week's practices, but that Terry will play backup and serve in the No. 2 spot.
The move assures that Terry will see playing time this weekend, seeing as how Dantonio has shuffled between three quarterbacks in two games - sometimes shuffling the lineup as much as six times per game.
Dantonio made it clear that Terry has earned his chance to see game time thanks to his incredible performances during summer practices and scrimmages. While Cook will start the game against Youngstown State as the starter, all eyes will certainly be upon Terry when he takes the field.
"I do think, based on Damion's performance in the summer in the one practice, his performance as of late, he deserves an opportunity to show what he can do in practice," Dantonio said.
Thanks to a small caveat within the NCAA rulebook, Dantonio can play Terry, a redshirt freshman, at this point without having to worry about burning the young player's redshirt itself. Still, Dantonio warned that the "situation still needs to be managed delicately."
"Really, we've just got to see an absence of mistakes," Dantonio said. "The elementary mistakes. Can he control the offense, playcalling, getting in and out of certain checks? We have a system for him that's pared down a little bit, but we have to see hm operate and function successfully in practice."
When asked why Connor Cook was receiving the starting nod over last year's starter and this season's opening top QB Andrew Maxwell, Dantonio told reporters that Cook's abilities on his feet outweighed those of Maxwell's.
"He has shown the ability to run a little bit," Dantonio said. "He hit a big play to [Aaron] Burbridge on third and 20. Runs for the first down. He's run a couple other times for first downs. I'm not saying it's perfect. But I think he's the guy right now."
Bottom line: Dantonio hopes that Terry can come into the equation and help solve what has quickly become an incredible mess for the Spartans. With only two games of the season under their belt, Michigan State already has more questions concerning their future than a recent college graduate. If Terry can supply a bit of stability and bring some poise to the top QB spot, Dantonio could have time to right the ship before the team gets too far off course.
"We've got to find a rhythm," the coach said. "I also believe that it will turn when we do. There will be a momentum surge, not just for the offense but for our entire football team. That will re-energize this football team to its capacity. That's what we've got to look to do."
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