March 21, 2007
USFBullsEYE.com Q&A: QB Grant Gregory
USFBullsEYE.com: You're getting your chance this spring to firmly establish yourself as the No. 2 quarterback. How are you feeling about that opportunity?
Gregory: Well, I finally feel pretty healthy. I feel good and I just want to come in and work hard and try to get the offense to have confidence in me. If something were to happen to Matt (Grothe), I need to be ready to go. I need to step up. If my time comes to play, the offense can't miss a beat. It's up to me to provide the leadership and responsibility.
Last year I was trying to get every rep possible. I was pressing so hard just to get in there and get one rep. Now, as long as I do what I'm supposed to do, I'll be getting a lot of work. It's a great opportunity for me to practice every day, play a lot of football and get ready to lead the team if I have to.
Q: You've been on a bit of a rollercoaster since you transferred from Indiana - going from quarterback to safety and now back. What has that been like?
Gregory: It was tough. My whole life I played quarterback, then I was asked to move to safety. I was full-on, set on playing safety. I had eliminated playing quarterback from my mind, just because you have to. If you're going to do something, you have to go 100-percent. My Mom kept telling me, "You're going to end up back at quarterback." I was, like, "No, I'm not. I'm a safety now. I'm a safety for good." Then things happen and I came back over. I'm happy everything worked out and I'm back at quarterback. But it's been a tough road. It'll pay off eventually. Everything will work itself out.
Q: So you never looked ahead and thought, well, Pat Julmiste will be gone next season and I'll have a shot to go back?
Gregory: No. I was set. I was playing safety. I was in the two-deep. I was going to be playing special teams. I was perfectly happy with it. I'd made up my mind that that was where I was going to be. But when Coach Leavitt mentioned quarterback again . . . well, it's always there. That's what I am. I'm a quarterback. I love that position. Once a quarterback, always a quarterback.
...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now for a FREE Trial