Hutchinson native Geneo Grissom led the Salthawks to four high school championships, but now he has a bigger trophy to showcase after leading the Oklahoma Sooners to an upset win over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The Sooners' pass rush stifled Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron in what was a surprising 45-31 OU victory over the 2-time defending champion. Grissom was at the center of it all, with 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and the game-sealing touchdown.
“We have a lot of talent on our D-line, a lot of guys that can make plays,” Grissom said. “It was only a matter of before we were all able to get in a groove and execute.”
Grissom's road to the Sugar Bowl was not always sweet. He redshirted in 2010 after suffering a preseason injury and saw action in just 5 games as a third string defensive end in 2011. In search of more snaps, he tried his hand at the tight end position in 2012 but moved back to the defensive side during the season.
After starting 5 games in 2013, he used the Sugar Bowl stage to double his sack total for the season (4.0) and recover the first two fumbles of his career. Now, ESPN projects Grissom as the top returning defensive end in the Big 12.