SPARTANBURG — Goose Creek receiver Tramel Terry, South Carolina’s Mr. Football for 2012 and a Georgia Bulldogs signee, fumbled on the opening kickoff and ended up leaving the field on a golf cart with what appeared to be a seriously injured knee.
“To be honest, I’m real sad about it,” said South Carolina coach Ray Stackley, who coached Stratford against crosstown rivals Goose Creek. “Great young man.”
Terry, an excellent student, is graduating in January and plans to enroll at Georgia in the spring. He’ll still likely do that, but the possibility of playing football right away looks dim after Saturday’s incident.
“The intention was to go to Georgia in the spring and get a good head start,” said Stackley, “but he’s a tremendous worker. He has a great work ethic, but being around him this week, it’s easy to see why he was Mr. Football.”
How much did Terry’s departure on the game’s first play affect the South Carolina playbook?
“A lot,” said Stackley. “He was one of our two speed guys, he and Akia Booker. We had to scramble a little bit, a lot of subs.”
• While Terry was sidelined, Havelock’s Pharoh Cooper shined brightly for the Tarheels all-stars.
“We came up short today, but I feel like I played a great game,” Cooper said afterward, surrounded by a crowd of reporters.
Cooper, who will suit up for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina next year, accounted for 251 total yards of offense, while running, catching and returning the ball. He even threw a pass, though it went for a three-yard loss. That was about the only thing the shifty speedster had go wrong Saturday.
• Such were the quarterbacks’ struggles Saturday that Cooper played quarterback from the wildcat for much of the second half for the Tarheels. North Carolina quarterbacks finished the game a combined 7-for-18 passing with three interceptions and just 66 yards. South Carolina signal callers weren’t much better, completing just 9-of-26 passes for 147 yards and an interception. Hilton Head’s Michael Julian got the bulk of the action under center for the Sandlappers, and showed glimpses of potential, as well as a large 6-foot-5, 190-pound frame.
“He’s a guy with a huge upside that’s really raw,” said Stackley. “He’s a guy a couple years down the road that’s gonna turn heads as a college quarterback.”