Nwoko looking for a role

Greg Nwoko was injured last season and is now looking to get back in the rotation. Read on for his thoughts on the transition, health update, and more.

In his final spring game at the University of Arizona, senior running back Greg Nwoko didn't have a single carry. Nwoko saw some playing time towards the end of the scrimmage, as he is still rehabbing from a knee injury.

Nwoko injured his knee last spring and opted for knee surgery that forced him to miss all of the 2011 season. The 6-foot-1 senior has had promising showings in his time at Arizona, marking career-highs of 72 yards and 2 touchdowns against The Citadel in 2010.

"I'm excited to be back from the knee injury," Nwoko said. "I missed a whole year of ball and I'm excited to be out there with my teammates again."

The running back continues to rehab, but played in the scrimmages this spring. In a closed scrimmage two weeks before the spring game, Nwoko ran the ball four times for a total of 42 yards.

Nwoko was recruited out of high school to be a power running back and has played as one at Arizona up to this point. With the coaching change, he will have to spend his last season as a Wildcat in a new role.

"I'm playing a new position now," he said. "I'm doing some running, but blocking too. I like it because there's more blocking. It's similar to what Taimi (Tutogi) is doing."

"The coaches want to use my size. I don't mind doing both. I like it."

After spending last season on the sidelines, he is ready to contribute and will do whatever the coaches want. Nwoko certainly wants to see the field in his final year, but always wants his team to succeed.

"It sucked sitting out," Nwoko said. "I really enjoy watching Ka'Deem (Carey) and Daniel Jenkins go out there and do their thing."

Nwoko understands that success with new coaches won't come easy. He is prepared to be a leader this summer and in fall camp to get his teammates to work hard and improve.

"The running backs have to keep working hard," Nwoko said. "As upperclassmen, we just have to get them together and practice hard and get ready to perform in games."

One of his favorite new aspects of the offense is the no huddle. After every play, the offense lines back up immediately, trying to keep the defense off-guard and winded.

"We see that defense get tired and we just want to attack them," he said. "We see them put their hands on their knees and it tells us that they're not ready. We just want to line up fast and attack whoever is tired."


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