Grissom requested the position switch after realizing it was his best chance to get on the field. The Sooners had strong depth at defensive end but were thin at tight end.
Coach Bob Stoops declared Grissom OU's first-team tight end last week, although position coach Bruce Kittle tempered that a bit, saying the competition with Brannon Green and Taylor McNamara was ongoing.
Grissom has battled injuries through his Sooner career. A stress fracture in one foot forced him to redshirt as a true freshman, and then another stress fracture, in his other foot, cost him valuable repetitions in workouts this spring. He said he feels fine now, though.
HURST LIKES STICKING TO ONE SIDE OF FIELD
Senior cornerback Demontre Hurst said this year, he and fellow corner Aaron Colvin are sticking to one side of the field rather than being assigned to the field or boundary side. Hurst said he likes the change.
“I think everyone has gotten comfortable being one side and seeing everything,” Hurst said. “Last year, we just saw the field or boundary side.
“We get comfortable seeing the ins and outs of both sides of the field. I think that makes us more versatile and reliable against the run game and the short passes and different schemes.”
Hurst and Colvin will be joined as secondary starters by safeties Tony Jefferson and Javon Harris and nickelback Gabe Lynn. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said sophomore Julian Wilson, Lynn's backup at the nickel, would be the sixth defensive back or “dime” back in some schemes.
Compiled by Stephanie Kuzydym and Jason Kersey