City's Suber to see new side of ball

January 23, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Terrence Suber, City's star quarterback, is going south to play college football, but instead of giving, he'll be receiving.

Suber's father, Terry, said his son, The Baltimore Sun's 1992 Player of the Year, orally committed to Wake Forest University because "it met what he [Terrence] wanted academically and competitively."

As a quarterback, Suber led the Knights to consecutive 10-0 seasons that included Maryland Scholastic Association championships and the No. 1 ranking in The Baltimore Sun's final polls. This year, the 6-foot, 180-pound senior accounted for 1,596 yards of offense, rushing for 652 yards and seven touchdowns.

But for the Demon Deacons (8-4 overall, 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference), Suber will use his 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard -- as a wide receiver or a defensive back.

"I never really saw myself as a quarterback, and there's a lot of pressure to being a college quarterback," said Suber, who turns 18 on Feb. 25. "As a receiver, I can catch the ball and run with it, which I love to do. And on defense, I'd get to catch the ball and do a little tackling, which I like a lot."

Suber, a National Honor Society member who maintains a B-plus average at City, cited the atmosphere and "the fact that it only has 3,500 undergraduate students" among reasons why he chose Wake Forest, which was a late entry behind Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina.

"We exchanged the Duke visit for Wake because it came along with a better offer," said Terry Suber, whose son switched his choice for a college major from biology to "the area of sports medicine" after talking with school officials.

"We really appreciate that the students-to-teachers ratio is only 13-to-1," Terry said. "And he really liked the campus -- it's surrounded by a small, Annapolis-type community. The students seemed pretty close."

So happy is Suber with his situation that when the early signing period begins at 8 a.m. on Feb. 3, "he wants to get it [the signing] done as close to 8 a.m. as possible," City coach George Petrides said. "He had been recruited by both coaches when they were at other schools. They're interested in him as a student and an athlete, and he was very impressed with the campus and the academic program."

As quarterback for the Knights, Suber's two-year statistics were 1,971 yards and 19 touchdowns passing, and 1,054 yards rushing.

This year, Suber threw for 944 yards and seven touchdowns, and rushed for the Knights' final touchdown of the season, from 10 yards, in City's 20-0 victory over No. 2 Poly on Thanksgiving Day.

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