Terrell Golden: Fun and Games

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From a 10/31/02 interview:

Having fun and playing games – that’s how things got started for Lake Taylor (VA) wide receiver prospect Terrell Golden.

Before the 2002 Penn State football camp, Golden hadn’t received a scholarship offer. How quickly things changed over the camp’s two days.

Golden entered the PSU camp with a care-free attitude, hoping to learn some football and, more importantly, have some fun. Many players take these camps seriously, as they should, for it could hold the key to a college scholarship. Relaxed, Golden was able to make his own firm impression on the minds of Penn State coaches.

“The first day, we were doing standing jumps,” said the 6-3, 215-pound Golden. “After that, we were stretching and just sitting there, me and my friend decided to race. We raced in the 40 yard dash to see who was fastest. First I ran a 4.4 flat. Then he ran a 4.35. Guys were just looking at us, like ‘what are these guys doing?’”

“I didn’t think I could beat his time. But I ran a 4.31. That definitely turned some heads. The next day, we ran some drills, and the coaches picked us to show the rest of the group how to do them…just catching balls and stuff. We definitely stood out.”

Golden earned more than just the attention of the Nittany Lion coaching staff; he earned a scholarship from them as well. A few weeks later, Lake Taylor coach Hank Sawyer had phone calls from many D-1 coaches, inquiring about Golden’s camp performance (which was released on the internet). The college coaching world had discovered what Sawyer already knew.

“He definitely has the tools,” said Sawyer. “He runs track for me too. He runs about a 10.9 in the 100, does a 48 triple jump, and jumps 6’4″ in the high jump. He was sixth in the state in the high jump last year.”

Along with the obvious athletic prowess, Golden displays great leadership ability. He has used these two qualities to help lead Lake Taylor to a 6-2 record through 10/30/02, with a chance to make the playoffs. Golden has contributed at wide receiver, where Coach Sawyer says he has about 20 catches for 400 yards, outside linebacker, where he has eight sacks, and spot time at the safety position.

Although Golden plays three positions for Lake Taylor, he projects as a wide receiver on the college level. Playing defense, however, has helped his wide receiver skills greatly.

“Playing defense helps me a lot because it gives me a feel of what I can