Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) is sacked by Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Geneo Grissom (85) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Oklahoma defeated Alabama 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

OU Player Evaluation: Geneo Grissom

Dec 1, 2012; Ft. Worth, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooner defensive end Geneo Grissom (85) in action against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at Amon G Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Geneo Grissom, Defensive End
2013 Stats: 40 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 1 Int, 1 Forced Fumble, 4 Passes Defended, 2 Touchdowns

Geneo Grissom had a very productive year in 2013. He was the leader of the group consisting of Nudule, Tapper, Phillips, and Wade.

He’s very athletic, having made the conversion from defense to offense, back to defense during the 2012 season.

Grissom had steady production in every game. He stood up for Mike Stoops’ defense, giving his best performances against Notre Dame and Alabama. In the loss to Texas, he showed his athleticism and ran a 54 yard interception back for a touchdown.

He and Eric Striker put the final nail in the coffin for any hopes that Alabama had to come back and beat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, with the wam, bam, thank ya ma’am, fumble return for a touchdown.

He also had two sacks on Alabama’s AJ McCarron, and also scooped up another fumble, setting up a play action touchdown strike from Trevor Knight to Jalen Saunders.

The defensive line will be a strength of OU this upcoming year, after being the one of the biggest question marks coming into the 2013 season.

They where greatly improved from 2012, however were burned by the run. They improve on their ability to stop the big play from the opposing running backs, and this team will have legitimate National Title hopes for 2014.


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