By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor
Terrance Baldwin is a senior defensive back for the West Liberty football team. He has one more season here on the hilltop, and he’s looking forward to it.
Baldwin has had an impressive career on the hilltop so far. He started in eight games and had 33 tackles as a true freshman. In his sophomore year, he played in every game with nine starts, was third on the team with 60 total tackles and led the team with 10 pass break-ups. Last year, Baldwin played in all 11 games with 10 starts and had 40 tackles and nine pass break-ups.
As of Sept. 21, Baldwin currently has a total of 11 tackles for the 2017 season. The first game of the season against Urbana University, he also returned an interception for a 63-yard touchdown. Needless to say, the rest of the year should be interesting for Baldwin.
“For this season, I am looking forward to winning and just making lots of great memories since this is my senior year,” said Baldwin. “I don’t know if I’d ever play football again after this, so I just want to make this a season to remember.”
Originally from Tampa, Fla., Baldwin came to West Liberty to play. “I chose to come to West Liberty because the coaching staff gave me a chance to continue my football career, something I love to do,” said Baldwin.
Being far away from home can be tough, especially during this hurricane season. However, when asked about his family, he said they were alright after Hurricane Irma. “It was kind of stressful being up here while that was going on,” said Baldwin, “but I kept in contact with them, so it was okay.”
“Being at a college so far away from home was hard for me at first but once I got used to being away, I actually started to like it,” said Baldwin. “I’ve also made a ton of friends being on the football team.”
Baldwin is a criminal justice major; he said he chose it because he loves to help people as much as he can. After graduation, however, he plans to pursue football. “[I want] to see how far football will take me, but if that doesn’t work, I’ve always wanted to be a firefighter,” said Baldwin.
Off the field, Baldwin hangs out with his friends, watches movies and works out. However, football isn’t far off his mind, as he mentions he likes to watch football with his friends in his free time.
“My favorite part about West Liberty [is] being a part of the football team,” said Baldwin, “It has given me the opportunity to meet some of the great friends I have today.”
When asked what he would tell incoming freshman athletes, Baldwin said, “It’ll be hard coming in, because everything is different from high school, but if you’re tough and you stick it out, it’ll all be worth it.”
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