Keeston Terry Comfortable Again - KOAM TV 7

By: Michael Admire

Keeston Terry Comfortable Again


By Michael Admire

Uncomfortable and out of place, Keeston Terry started exploring for a new home just weeks after Charlie Weis was named the successor to Turner Gill at Kansas.

 "The decision to leave KU was a personal decision," said Terry, "it wasn't for me anymore to be there and it was time for me to make a transition and join somewhere else."

 Weis dismissed Terry and nine other players in January. The sophomore's dismissal came shortly after he inquired with the NCAA Compliance Office about a transfer. Terry, who was recruited as a wide receiver, was the Jayhawks fourth leading tackler in 2011.

 Now he was on the search for a new program.

 A transfer within Division I would sideline Terry for an entire season.  A move to a lower level, D-I FCS or Division II for example, would allow Terry to make an immediate impact.

 Defending Division II National Champion Pittsburg State University was one of many suitors after the 6' 2" safety-wide receiver hybrid.  Terry visited D-I FCS school Northern Iowa and considered the Gorillas rival, Northwest Missouri State.

 "He's not a typical transfer," said Pittsburg State head coach, Tim Beck. "He really had no issues at all, other than it was time for a change for him."

 When the courting concluded southeast Kansas was his landing spot.

 "It's definitely a transition," says Terry.  "I feel like I fit in pretty well down here."

 "He looked at two things: he wanted to make sure he was going to get a good education and somewhere where football was important," says Beck, the 2011 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.

 In the Gorillas first three games, Terry has 19 tackles and an interception. His first pick came in front of a record crowd at Carnie Smith Stadium, just hours after his former team lost at home to Rice.

 "Anytime you get an interception, it's a great feeling - being in front of the home crowd was icing on the cake," said Terry, "It was exciting walking down the ‘Gorilla Walk' and seeing all the fans be so supportive."

 "When you take that kind of athlete and put him on the defensive side, when he makes an interception, he's got a chance," said Beck, "That's why I was hoping he'd get a little loose and have a chance to get out and do some things and show what he can do as an offensive player."

 Terry, being no stranger to the offensive side of the ball, was open to idea of getting a few extra touches, "If they want me over there I'm up for it," Terry admitted while holding back a grin.

 "Oh there's always a possibly," said Beck.  "There's no question he would be good on that side as well."

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