"I like playing different positions," explained the 6'3, 190-pound senior. "I feel like I can compete at any position on the field. Wherever coach needs me is where I'm going to play."
Against one of the state's traditional powers, all Gathof did was account for 221 total yards, as well as three touchdowns. Gathof recorded 131 rushing, 90 receiving and 74 passing yards in the contest. He made his presence felt early when he went under center for the first time during Oldham County's first possession of the game. Following the snap, Gathof dropped back a few steps and then promptly tucked the ball away, hit the gap straight up the middle, broke a few tackles and then sprinted over 40 yards for the games first score.
Defensively, Gathof had few opportunities to shine as Male's offense rarely went his direction.
"When I played in the secondary last year teams wouldn't throw the ball to my side, so I tried to get a persuit angle and make myself part of the play," said Gathof following the game.
The same can be said while he lined up at linebacker against the Bulldogs. If Male was running a sweep it would be to the opposite side of the field nearly every attempt.
Projected as a safety on the college level, Gathof has received interest from Louisville, as well as other area programs.
With continued impressive play, coupled with his very good showing at Louisville's 7-on-7 camp earlier this spring, Gathof will assure himself of continued interest from the Cardinals coaching staff.
Oldham County Head Coach Mike Jackson, who first informed me Gathof's potential in April had a straight to the point comment regarding his star senior following the game. "If he can play like this against Male, then he can play for U of L!"