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Geneo Grissom back at defensive end; Stoops: Move to TE hasn’t ‘come together’

by Jason Kersey Published: November 5, 2012
Junior Geneo Grissom has officially moved back to defense.
Junior Geneo Grissom has officially moved back to defense.
NORMAN — Geneo Grissom is a defensive end again.

After 6-foot-4, 247-pound sophomore entered Saturday’s game at Iowa State on defense, an OU official said Grissom was practicing on both offense and defense.

Coach Bob Stoops confirmed Monday during his news conference that Grissom is still practicing some at tight end, but that defensive end is his main position.

“We thought it was really gonna come together, and it just hasn’t,” Stoops said of Grissom’s summer move to tight end.

“He still works it part of them time for our goal line and some of those packages … if something was to happen to Brannon Green, he can do it.

“He goes over there for practice time … but he’s back at defensive end.”

Green, a junior-college transfer, is the only OU tight end with any catches this season; he hauled in an 18-yard touchdown in the season opener at UTEP.

True freshman Taylor McNamara started against Florida A&M, but had shoulder surgery, will miss the rest this season and receive a medical redshirt.

“Right now, our tight end position is Trey Millard and Aaron Ripkowski and Jayden Bird,” Stoops said.

“Until these guys can develop and get further along … as you guys know, I love the tight ends. We’ve just got to bring them along and get them to where these other guys are.”

Stoops was asked if the offense has been hurt by the lack of a true tight end.

“It sure looked good the other day at tight end with Trey Millard and Aaron Ripkowski,” Stoops said. “They’re like tight ends. Just sometimes they’re off the ball, but they’re doing the same things tight ends do.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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