Geneo Grissom on track to start at tight end

NORMAN, Okla. -- There’s very little doubt that Geneo Grissom is one of the most talented players on Oklahoma’s roster.

Yet the sophomore has some learning to do to make an impact. Grissom moved from defensive end to tight end this summer and he’s impressing enough that he’s in a three-man battle at tight end alongside Brannon Green and Taylor McNamara.

“It’s a three-man rotation now, next week we will be narrowing it down,” tight ends coach Bruce Kittle said. “I feel pretty good about the progress they’ve made but again, none of them have played a down. What we see in practice is one thing and what we see under pressure on fourth-and-one against Texas could be another deal.”

Head coach Bob Stoops told reporters on Friday that Grissom was currently in the lead to start the season opener at UTEP.

“He has been awesome; we have really been pleased with him,” Stoops said about Grissom. “In the summer, when you are not able to coach them, it is a little rough. But, he is a talented guy. He does all of it the best, meaning they are all doing well, but with his little more experience and athleticism. Playing defensive end, you have got to be fairly tough, so he is used to running into other defensive ends. He has just really taken to it, and it has really looked good. Every day it has gotten better and better. He is about 255 pounds, 6-foot-4. He is what you look for. He is catching the ball well, so it has been a real positive.”

Regardless, for Grissom to make an impact this season, he’ll have to pick up his new position quickly.

“He’s a very athletic guy,” Kittle said. “He hasn’t played offense for a really long time. But when he gets it, he really gets it. He’s a real strong, explosive player but as far as the pass game piece, he didn’t know a post from an out route. That has been a high learning curve for him. If we can get him there, he has a chance to really help us.”

Grissom could become a difference-maker at tight end for OU if his production begins to match his potential. Regardless, the move to tight end could be the best thing for Grissom’s career in crimson and cream.