For three years, Keeston Terry was one of the premier wide receivers in the state of Missouri.

For three years, Keeston Terry was one of the premier wide receivers in the state of Missouri.

The former Blue Springs High School standout won the Otis Taylor Award (given annually by the Simone Football Foundation), signifying that he was the top wide receiver in the metro area.

He was a three-time all-state performer who picked the University of Kansas over Missouri, Stanford and Wisconsin.

When he arrived at KU, coach Turner Gill took one look at his physical prowess and asked if he would change positions.

“Coach asked me to play safety, and I said yes, because I knew it would help the team,” said Terry, who is eager to play in the Kansas Spring Football Game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

“I thought I was going to play wide receiver, but I played some safety in high school. At least, they called it safety, but I usually played shutdown corner on the other team’s top receiver.

“I liked playing wide receiver, but I like the challenge this year of playing safety. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m ready to do anything I can to help this team win.”

Terry is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore who played just three games before injuring his knee on a kickoff against Southern Mississippi.

“The school asked the NCAA to grant me a medical hardship year because of the injury, and it was granted, so I will have four more years to play football at KU,” Terry said.

Terry is a quick study when it comes to any aspect of football and knows what his role will be on the team.

“I’m running with the No. 1 guys, and the safety is like the quarterback of the defense,” he said. “And I’m the last man between a guy scoring a touchdown or not scoring. I’m going to do my best to make sure he doesn’t score.”

BIG DAY FOR KU FOOTBALL FANS: Kansas Athletics has planned a full day of events and activities for the annual Spring Game. Admission is free and the game will be televised live on Metro Sports so area fans can check out Terry and Darrian Miller, the Blue Springs grad who is the state’s all-time big class rushing champion.

The Hy-Vee Hawk Zone will open at 11 a.m. and feature inflatable games for kids and a special autograph session with former KU players.  

Kansas Football legends John Hadl and Gale Sayers and Super Bowl champion Justin Hartwig, as well as current professional players Dezmon Briscoe (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Marcus Henry (Edmonton Eskimos), James Holt (San Diego Chargers), Kerry Meier (Atlanta Falcons), Mike Rivera (Miami Dolphins) and Darrell Stuckey (San Diego Chargers), will all be on hand to visit with fans and sign autographs. Head coach Turner Gill and the rest of the Jayhawks will be available for signatures after the game.