Gresham had been highly praised coming in to the '09 Season only he never really had a chance to satisfy the praise. Jermaine Gresham has been known for two things; (A) Playing great football, and (B) Racking up the injuries. It has been something that the Oklahoma Tight End has not been able to stay away from since high school. He had helped his team in High School (The Ardmore Tigers) make it to the 5A State Semi-Finals in Oklahoma by raking in 70 Catches for 1,175 Yards and 24 Touchdowns. It was in a Quarter-Final win that Gresham had tore his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). In September '09, as a Sooner, Gresham would be ruled out for the season once again with another knee injury.
When healthy Gresham has done amazing things. He is (or was) considered by most NFL scouts to be the most well-rounded Tight End in college football. Quarterback Sam Bradford loved throwing to a big and fast target each time he stepped on the field. There is alot of question as to whether or not Gresham would still be considered a first round potential pick because of the injuries. Time will tell if Gresham will be able to keep himself healthy enough to make a difference in the NFL.
Coach Bob Stoops commented on the injuries after they took place and had these things to say about his Tight End:
"Just unfortunate that he comes back and is not able to continue to participate," Stoops said. "So we really feel for him."
Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/OU/article.aspx?subjectid=92&articleid=20090908_250_0_NORMAN509232
Below, we will take a look inside some of the numbers, some of his highlights, and projections.
This highlight feed showcases all of Gresham's skills and just how good he can be when he's not limping or crutching around on the sidelines. He is big, physical, fast, and mean when blocking. Some will still consider him the best prospect at his position coming out, but with his knee situation(s) sitting on a delicate bubble, there will be enough teams that flag that to make his stock fall some possibly. I wanted to provide one more highlight link... it's more or less just another shot at Florida Cornerback Joe Haden. It shows that Haden will be over-powered by anyone a bit larger than he is and Gresham will expose anyone smaller than him.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
- 2008 First Team All-American
- 2008 All-Big 12 First Team
- 2007 Honorable Mention All-American
- 2007 Honorable Mention Big 12
|2008 Regular Season Game Log||Receiving||Rushing||Fumbles|
|10/25||@Kansas State||W 58-35||3||44||14.7||29||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|11/8||@Texas A&M||W 66-28||2||34||17.0||23||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|11/22||Texas Tech||W 65-21||5||95||19.0||42||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|11/29||@Oklahoma State||W 61-41||9||158||17.6||73||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|2008 Postseason Game Log||Receiving||Rushing||Fumbles|
|FEDEX BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME||Florida||L 24-14||8||62||7.8||11||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
DID NOT PLAY IN 2009
SUMMARY AND PROJECTIONS:
It's pretty hard to gauge when and where Gresham will go in the draft. I still believe, with all things considered, that he will be selected relatively high. I have a hard time seeing him as a 1st Round selection with that glass knee in question but I feel confident enough in saying he will not fall beyond the 2nd. He will have a lot to prove at the next level in regards to staying healthy, all the rest comes pretty natural for him though.
Possibilities -- 1st Round: Cincinnati. 2nd Round; Picks 33-64.