Senior David Terrell Jr. showed in the Ramblers’ 36-7 win over Marquette in Week 1 he’s the playmaker Loyola receivers coach Pat Naughton thought he could be this season.
With senior receiver and Duke commit Jake Marwede on the sideline Friday with a sore left hip flexor, Terrell Jr. was the team’s go-to receiver for big plays. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Terrell Jr. caught four passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns against the Hilltoppers. Both of his scoring receptions covered more than 20 yards.
“I had to step up because Jake wasn’t there to draw a lot of attention from the defense,” said Terrell Jr., the son of former Chicago Bears receiver David Terrell. “It was something I was expecting, and it was something I was ready for.”
Terrell Jr. broke a scoreless tie with his 25-yard touchdown catch from senior quarterback Tommy Herion with 29.2 seconds remaining in the first quarter. It was an example of Terrell Jr.’s understanding of route running and where his teammates are going to be on the field.
As soon as he saw senior slot receiver Jack Martinus drag the safety toward the middle of the field, Terrell Jr. went for the corner of the end zone.
“I try to focus on running good routes every time,” he said. “Good technique will get you open.”
Terrell Jr.’s second touchdown catch was a 21-yard reception from junior quarterback Quinn Boyle midway through the third quarter. He also had catches of eight and 19 yards.
“The coaches always say to make a play,” Terrell Jr. said. “You have limited opportunities to make something happen during a game that you better take advantage of them when they happen.”
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