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High school football: Jesse Gregory has been a star on offense — when he wasn't supposed to be

The Tuttle junior was tabbed to play linebacker. But he started taking snaps on the other side of the football when Morgan Neal suffered an injury.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 5, 2012

A big key to that has been the blocking of Austin Link, Conner Polston, Austin Porter, Keifer Venable, Nathan Voreis and tight ends Brett Traxler and Nick Mills.

“They've stayed relatively healthy,” Koons said. “It's really been a joy to watch this offense and the way we've been able to keep pounding at people with fresh backs.”

For Gregory, this was supposed to be a transitional year anyway.

He was moved up from safety to linebacker.

“I guess I was more of a hitting kind of a guy,” Gregory said. “I got beat deep a lot at safety. But they tried me at outside linebacker and I did pretty good in the scrimmages so I started focusing and working on that and getting better there.

“I caught on pretty quick. I was coming off the edge or blitzing more of the time and really enjoyed that.”

The Tigers open the playoffs at home against Bristow on Friday.

After falling to Jones in Week 8 after a 7-0 start, Gregory said Tuttle is back to doing what made it to successful earlier in the season.

“We just weren't into that game,” Gregory said. “I'm not sure what happened with that. Jones really opened our eyes and let us know that we were capable of being beaten. We started practicing harder after that. No more taking off for us.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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