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Oklahoma football: Geneo Grissom does not mind position switches

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Grissom said. “It’s all been worth it. If anything, it’s helped me become a better football player. I got a little better understanding of the offensive side of the ball, and a great understanding of the defensive side of the ball.”
by Ryan Aber Published: August 7, 2014

NORMAN — Geneo Grissom has bounced around quite a bit during his time at Oklahoma.

He’s gone from defensive end to tight end and back to defensive end.

It seemed like he’d finally found a permanent home last year when he was a sometimes-starter at defensive end.

But Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops had other ideas, deciding before the Sugar Bowl to move Grissom once again — this time to linebacker.

The senior from Hutchinson, Kan., is OK with being the nomad of the Sooners.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Grissom said. “It’s all been worth it. If anything, it’s helped me become a better football player. I got a little better understanding of the offensive side of the ball, and a great understanding of the defensive side of the ball.”

The Sooners expect to use Grissom in coverage but still plan on using him to rush.

“His versatility is off the chain,” OU linebacker coach Tim Kish said. “At his size and his athletic ability and the way he moves around, he gives us a dimension that we didn’t have there last year. We utilized Eric (Striker) in a different way. But we protected Eric in our own way last year, but we won’t have to do the same thing with Geneo. He can stand up and hold up against those tight ends where we’re really utilizing him the most.

“He’s just a great addition to the group.”

It keeps coming back to fun when Grissom talks about his position switch.

“It’s every D-end’s dream to take his hand up and run off the line and maybe drop into coverage a little bit,” Grissom said. “It’s been a lot of fun learning this new position.”

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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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