“I was real excited when I got that offer,” said Ross, who committed shortly thereafter. “That's the only school I ever wanted to go to.”
Looking back, Ross doesn't think about what would have happened if he never got the chance to play running back — because he never would have let it come to that.
“Most likely, they would have given me a chance, because I would have just kept asking them,” he said. “Everything happens for a reason.”
Ross spent time on both sides of the ball last year, because the team still needed him at a thin defensive end position. And Trimble wouldn't mind getting him some snaps on defense again this year.
“He has an amazing amount of stamina,” Trimble said. “If I have anything to say about it, he'll be out there on third downs rushing the quarterback. He adds a lot of value to our pass rush.”
Ross has added about 15 pounds since last season, weighing in at 220 pounds and standing just a little shy of 6-foot-2. He doesn't know how much the extra weight will help, but he hopes it does.
“Hopefully it will make a difference,” he said. “I feel like I'm faster.”