March 30, 2007

Gresham the next dominant force at OU?

Sooner fans have started to get a small taste of the future of OU football through the first two weeks of spring practices in Norman. Gerald McCoy and Demarco Murray have been early standouts during the first scrimmage, and according to coaches, in every practice since then.

But one player Sooner fans heard about last season more of than any other from the class of 2006 was tight end Jermaine Gresham. This spring, Gresham is finally back on the field after minor knee surgery kept him out during the first week of spring.

Gresham didn't have a breakout year as a true freshman in 2006, but he did make as many plays as any other true freshman skill player on the offensive side of the ball.

Most fans remember Gresham's season defining play last December in the Big 12 Championship game. Pinned down deep in their own territory, Paul Thompson dropped back on 3rd-and-10 from the Sooners' one-yard line and found Gresham for a 35-yard gain.

Gresham caught the ball just past the first down marker and rumbled the extra 20 yards through Nebraska defenders to help start a game-clinching 99-yard touchdown drive.

It was likely a preview of things to come for the talented, but shy 6-foot-7, 250-pound playmaker from Ardmore.

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