If you hear someone singing Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets To Paradise” in the middle of practice, it’s probably him. Or if you’re standing on the sideline minding your own business, he might unexpectedly swoop by to say “Hey” after a play goes out of bounds, then run back onto the field before it’s even possible to process a response.
But now that fellow safety Malcolm Bronson is out for the season, Cahee’s fun-loving natural vociferousness is being transferred into the sound of leadership.
“He was, and probably still is, our leader on the defense,” Cahee said of Bronson. “He’ll be on the sideline from now on for all the games and help all the guys who need help. Like I told them, if all of us can put away the ‘I’s’ for ‘us,’ we’ll be all right. If everybody can focus on the team, we’ll be all right regardless of what happens.”
Bronson’s injury has forced Cahee to be a more versatile player in addition to being a more vocal one. The junior from Westlake has spent time at his natural position of weak safety, Bronson’s vacated free safety spot, and as McNeese’s dime back.
“I’m really proud of Terrence,” said Cowboys head coach Matt Viator. “He really didn’t come off the field (against Northwestern State) and played three positions plus special teams.”
Cahee said switching safety spots mid-game isn’t a challenge.
“Both free and weak safety are pretty much the same,” Cahee said. “It’s like we run our own defense on our side (of the field) and they run their own defense on theirs. It’s just a few calls that are different.”
As Cahee sees it, everyone in the secondary is capable of doing the same thing.
“Everyone should know the whole defense,” Cahee said. “We pride ourselves on everybody knowing a lot of positions just in case things like this do happen.”
There was even more chaos against Southeastern Louisiana with buck safety Ford Smesny and cornerback Guy Morgan injured during the game, but Cahee said he thinks that crucible will benefit McNeese long term.
“We lost Malcolm. Guy didn’t play the last two games. Ford went out against Southeastern. That’s the bad,” Cahee said. “But then you get guys like Chris Raggett, Gabe Hamner and Aaron Sam to play who just haven’t had the chance to get the experience. So it has its pros and cons. But I think we’re alright. I’m confident. I’ve practiced with these guys since camp and they know what they can do.”