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OU football: Geneo Grissom's high school coach thinks sophomore will impress at tight end

The move of Geneo Grissom from defensive end to tight end was met with questioning since the Sooners just lost DEs Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis to the NFL. But his high school coach thinks fans fill be ‘more than pleasantly surprised' with the sophomore's play.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 15, 2012

Grissom's move to offense implies coaches are pleased with what they've got at his old position. Seniors R.J. Washington and David King are projected starters, with sophomore Chuka Ndulue and Chaz Nelson, a junior-college transfer, backing them up.

“I always felt like he was a natural on offense,” Dreiling said. “He's gifted on the offensive side.”

It's a good thing, because OU returns zero experience at tight end in 2012.

The Sooners lost James Hanna and Trent Ratteree to graduation, and Austin Haywood and his great expectations left OU in the middle of last season after spatting with coaches.

With Grissom's move from defensive end, OU added depth to a position rife with inexperience.

The Sooners added three new tight ends — junior-college transfer Brannon Green and true freshmen Sam Grant and Taylor McNamara — in the 2012 recruiting class.

Green, considered more of a blocking tight end, was listed as the starter through the spring with McNamara backing him up.

McNamara enrolled early and was impressive in April's spring game, grabbing three catches for 23 yards.

While it's unclear at this point where Grissom will land on the depth chart, it's easy to assume that coaches wouldn't have moved him if they didn't think he could contribute.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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No.: 85

Position: Tight end

Class: Sophomore

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 247 pounds

Hometown: Hutchinson, Kan.

Bio: Committed to Kansas throughout his senior year of high school, but opened his recruiting back up after then-KU coach Mark Mangino faced allegations of player abuse. ... Was rated Kansas' third-best recruit in the class of 2010, behind fellow OU signees Justin McCay (WR) and Blake Bell (QB). McCay has since transferred to KU. ... Redshirted as a true freshman because of a stress fracture in foot, then suffered the same injury in his other foot earlier this year, causing him to miss most of spring football.


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