Patrick Terry Preparing for the Next Level

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Speed, speed, speed. Wide receiver recruit Patrick Terry has a lot of it, as he exhibited with a good season in indoor track. But the Halifax County (South Boston, VA) product wants to bring more than just speed to Virginia Tech…he wants to be a complete receiver and he is working hard to get to that point.

First, though, Terry recalled his season in indoor track, which included several races against fellow Virginia Tech recruits.

“In indoor track, I had a great season in the 55 meters,” said Terry, whose best time of the season was 6.43 seconds. “I finished 2nd in the region, 1st in the district and 5th overall in the state. In the state, I went against [Cris] Hill, the defensive back from Highland Springs. I saw D.J. Thomas there, too. D.J. and I are real cool. He hurt his hamstring so he couldn’t run, but we are cool.”

So how did Terry fare against Hill?

“I beat him,” Terry said with a laugh. “He laughed it off. He said he spotted me off the line (laughs). I also raced against him in the Fork Union Invitational, which I won. I told Coach Stinespring that Hill was there and I beat him (laughs). It’s all in fun, though.”

Track has been a positive influence on Terry. Not just in terms of his speed, but also in terms of developing a tough mentality.

“It’s all a mind thing in track,” Terry said. “It’s about staying relaxed, but you are very intense. I love the competitiveness of it. Being an athlete, you just love the chance to compete.”

The 5-11 senior decided to forego outdoor track in order to focus on preparing for Virginia Tech. Plus, with school, a job and working out, he didn’t have much time for it anyway. The workout is going well, as a proud Terry is happy to report that he has gained six pounds and is now up to 182.

“I’m doing Tech’s workout,” Terry said. “It’s pretty intense, but I’m sure the workouts up there will be way more intense. I do extra stuff on Saturdays, like catching extra balls and running extra routes. I’ve been looking at other people like Jerry Rice and Chad Johnson and they always emphasize to work harder than your opponent. Hopefully, me working harder will help give me an edge.”

Terry addressed what he is trying to improve on before