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

Since arriving in Norman, Grissom’s athleticism has earned more than once left his teammates in awe.

Grissom said recently that he could still do a roundoff back handspring, which consists of two flips. Grissom said he can do a third.

“Geneo is just a freak of nature,” cornerback Zack Sanchez said. “He’s like a one-in-a-million person. Having Geneo and his size and his speed and what he can do coming off the edge is great for us.”

Grissom’s size, at 6-foot-4, 252 pounds, has given him an advantage at linebacker.

“When we’re going against tight ends, he’s used to going against guys that weigh 300 pounds,” linebacker Dominique Alexander said. “Now he’s going against guys that are 240 or 250. So he just throws them around and gets right in his gap. We just play ball. Even in the pass drop, he’s doing a great job.”

Coverage, Alexander said, won’t be the toughest part of the conversion. Grissom will have to learn not to be overly aggressive.

“He’s still playing in a gap, but he’s used to leaking into another gap and then throwing off,” Alexander said. “Now he’s got to stay in his own gap. He still gets caught looking in sometimes. But that’a a habit he can break. He’s going to do a great job there.”

by Ryan Aber
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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