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OU football notebook: Tress Way learned valuable lesson

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: April 17, 2012

Ikard said there is an advantage to playing center.

“It helps me learn the offense even more,” Ikard said. “You have to know all the calls, know where the defense is going to bump, when safeties are going to roll down. I'm beginning to see things before they happen.”

GRISSOM BATTLING ANOTHER INJURY

Sophomore defensive end Geneo Grissom is a potential rotation candidate but once again is battling a foot stress fracture. He redshirted his freshman year with the injury. This time it's his other foot.

“He must have a little bit of a genetic defect or weakness,” said coach Bob Stoops. “We knew he had it in the winter. We were hoping just to get through spring and then fix it. We were doing some drills and it just popped on him.”

A four-star recruit out of Hutchinson, Kan., Grissom appeared in six games last season.

“It's just a shame,” said defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright. “This was a time you would think Geneo would jump forward and make a big jump. I thought he would. He had a really good winter.

“We thought he was on the verge of coming out this spring and really showing he was going to compete for a lot of playing time. I think he still will in the fall. ... He's a fairly talented guy. He has a good attitude. The problem is we haven't gotten to see enough of him.”