Culpeper Star Taking Things in Stride

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Terence Fells-Danzer displayed his grit and determination in playing through a nagging ankle injury for most of his junior season last year. While he wasn’t disappointed in his performance by any stretch, the 6-2, 230-pound Culpeper (VA) standout is certainly looking forward to a healthy senior season.

Fells-Danzer’s senior season will be his fourth as a starter on the varsity level.

“We wanted him to be our primary ball carrier last year, but he had a freak accident in practice and hurt his ankle,” Culpeper head coach Greg Martz said. “So we made him play defense more so he would make the hit instead of being hit. He finished with 50 tackles, three sacks, and he had one defensive touchdown. Again, he did that with a hurt ankle and missing a game or two.

“He’s done it all for us. He’s played quarterback, running back, fullback, defensive end, outside linebacker, inside linebacker and he played safety as a freshman. He’s a multi-talented player. He’s 6-2, about 230 pounds. We did our strength and athleticism testing, and he squats 490 pounds, he power-cleaned 275 pounds, he benched 390 pounds and he showed a 31-inch vertical leap.”

Because of the ankle injury, Fells-Danzer decided not to play varsity basketball this season. He’s feeling better now, however, and is participating in the high jump (he has jumped a best of 6 feet so far this season), long jump and discus events in track. He is also playing on a flag football team.

“I do plan on being 100 percent healthy next season,” Fells-Danzer said. “I’m running track right now and that’s helping me strengthen my ankles. Next season I plan to have a great season.”

Playing a variety of positions in high school “helps me out because it helps me understand the field more,” Fells-Danzer said. But, for the next level, he is projected by most schools to play just the linebacker position.

“When it comes to linebacker, I’ll play inside and outside,” Fells-Danzer. “I like them both equally. It’s just being closer to the ball that I like,