Terence Newman was known for his outstanding speed and used it to his advantage as a member of the Salina Central football and track programs.

During Newman's senior season of football in 1997 the Mustangs, using a platoon system, kept him primarily on defense. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound cornerback earned Class 5A all-state recognition after making 45 tackles and a team-high five interceptions. When he got opportunities on offense, he made his presence known, contributing six carries for 65 yards and 10 receptions for 251. Of those 16 offensive plays, 13 were for first downs and four for touchdowns.

As a senior in track, Newman pulled off a sprint sweep at the Class 5A state meet in 1998, winning the 100 (10.98), 200 (21.65) and 400 (48.78) dashes at Cessna Stadium. No athlete in 5A boys has accomplished that feat since.

After graduating from Central, Newman earned unanimous All-American status with the Kansas State University program and was taken in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys with the fifth overall pick.