Starting a new chapter
It’s the same Terrance West we all know from three years of Towson games, but he’s traded in the black and yellow of Towson for the brown and orange of the Cleveland Browns. The competition has also gotten much tougher, as he’s lining up against veteran NFL linemen in lieu of college ones.
“I love the fans. I love big stages. I love the lights and I love big atmospheres,” he told the Browns’ website.
A lot has happened to West since May 9.
An entire summer has changed West’s career path, joining the Browns for rookie minicamp, team minicamp, training camp and now preseason games.
It’s almost hard to think that just seven months ago, West was running against the North Dakota State Bison in the Football Conference Subdivision Championship Game.
In Week 2 of the preseason, West took the field close to his hometown at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, fully engaged in a starting running back battle with teammate Ben Tate.
It has been a change of pace for West, who was taken with the 94th pick in the NFL Draft.
He, along with former Towson tight end James Oboh and offensive lineman Randall Harris, took part in Browns training camp in July and early August.
“It’s amazing because me and my other two teammates played at Towson,” West told reporters during training camp, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “We came out here and see all the fans and we were like ‘Wow, we really made it. We came a long way.’”
In two preseason games against the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins, West has 53 yards on 18 carries.
Compared to the numbers he compiled at Towson, this total seems unusual. But for a rookie running back coming from the FCS, it is expected.
West is beginning a new chapter of his football life, one that is vastly different than Towson.
Replacing quarterback Peter Athens from last year is Johnny Manziel, one of the most electrifying characters in the entire league.
Instead of playing in front of 11,198 fans at Johnny Unitas Stadium, West will do the same in front 73,200 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
West will begin his professional football career on Sept. 7 at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He doesn’t face a defense that ranked in the Top 10 in stopping opposing rushers last season until Week 10, so he could find early production for the Browns throughout the first half.
He’ll make his Baltimore return on Dec. 28 against the Ravens, where many more fans will be watching.
What’s next for West? Could he overtake Tate for the starting job? These answers will come in time. Rest assured, many in Towson will be tuning in to find out.