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Huskers' Gregory wants to expand game beyond sacks

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 5, 2014 at 2:23 am •  Published: August 5, 2014
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Randy Gregory wants to be known for more than just being a pass rusher.

A sack total that jumped off the stat sheet last season helped established him as a possible high draft pick for 2015. The Nebraska junior went into the start of preseason practice Monday night with the objective of becoming a complete player.

"I can't say I want this amount of tackles or sacks or anything like that," Gregory said. "If I feel like I've improved my overall game, I'll be happy. Some other people might not be satisfied, but I'm out here for the team and myself and to help us win championships and make myself a better player."

Gregory burst onto the scene after missing the 2012 season at Arizona Western Community College because of a broken leg. He arrived in Lincoln a few days before fall practice, made the starting lineup by the second game and finished the season with a Big Ten-leading 10 1/2 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.

For all his flashiness off the edge, Gregory knows he must get better against the run.

"I think I used my hands real well, but at times I don't use them correctly," he said. "That's a big thing I've been working on, just my get-off, simple things. I know a lot of people see me as a pass rusher, and every day I try to perfect that. Trying to work on my play against the run and just my eyes and reading keys better, that's been big for me this offseason."

Gregory's difficulty holding his ground against the run stemmed from his struggle to maintain weight. He dropped as low as 230 pounds last season.

Late last week Gregory was up to 248 — "and a half," he added with emphasis.

Some NFL draft projections have Gregory listed in the upper half of the first round next year. Gregory said he wouldn't decide until after the season whether to enter the draft as an underclassman. But he acknowledged he bought an insurance policy two months ago to protect himself in case an injury causes his draft position to drop.

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