Taking a page out of Peyton Manning's manual of how to prepare, the young quarterback spent his summer watching film and immersing himself in the Homestead playbook. "I watched lots of film and wrapped myself around our playbook, learning it inside and out," Terrell confessed to the Indiana Varsity Scout. "Then all I did was distribute the ball to our playmakers." He was casual about his efforts.
However, his greatest disappointment (besides the playoff loss against Warsaw) is that he and his teammates don't get the opportunity to play legendary Ft. Wayne Snider, the 5A Northeast beast of Indiana. "Our goal was to get to the sectional finals and play Snider," he confided. But now that is the goal set for 2010 when he comes back as a junior.
The 6-3, 180 pound sophomore is a two sport athlete. He is the point guard on Homestead's basketball team. Yes, he is an athlete and leads on the hardwood as well as the gridiron. In many eyes this young quarterback has the potential to play big time college football because he has an excellent arm and can run the ball. The stats speak for themselves in 2009.
Zach threw for 1810 yards in 9 regular season games, completing 200 passes out of 319 attempts for a completion rate of 63%. He rushed the ball for a total of 686 yards. He is a true double threat quarterback. "As good as Zach was as a sophomore, he knows and I know it was the people around him that made him better," Chad Zolman, HC at Homestead told IVS. "Don't get me wrong, Zach has talent and ability, but he played beyond his maturity level for us this year," Zolman stated. "We are excited to have him around for two more years because he can get better each year," Zolman went on to say.
Being just a sophomore, he hasn't thought a lot about college, but was quick to point out that staying close to home sounds good to him. "I loved Indiana University while we were down there for team camp. I would love to see what the future can hold at Purdue and isn't it everyone's dream to play at Notre Dame?" Terrell mused. He completed his thoughts mentioning Michigan State University and Ohio State University.
Zach Terrell didn't sound cocky, but squarely has his thoughts together and wants to play football at the next level. At 6-3 being a point guard in Indiana, he can look to a possible roundball opportunity, but squarely loves the game of football. I had a well respected high school coach tell me that the best quarterbacks in Indiana are only sophomores. Zach Terrell is one of them and has a year of varsity football experience behind him. You will hear more about this young quarterback in the future.