Maurice Grinter working harder

Louisville commit Maurice Grinter displays his versatility on both sides of the ball each weekend, making big plays with or without the ball.

In May Fairdale High School's Maurice Grinter made the decision to play for the University of Louisville and a common description of his ability was versatility.

After watching the 6-foot-3, 220-pound athlete against Waggener this past weekend, he proved jsut how versatile he is. He played nearly every snap of the contest, lining up at tailback, cornerback, safety and returned kicks.

"I don't really have a favorite position," Grinter explained. "I just try to play where they need me to help the team win."

Despite taking the loss in the game, Grinter had a couple long kick returns and accounted for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 27 rush attempts. He also recorded his first interception of the season, giving him 15 for his career. It also marked the first time that an individual has rushed for more than 100 yards against Waggener. He has now totaled 436 yards and 6 touchdowns on 82 attempts for an impressive 5.3 yards per carry average.

With Louisville assistant Greg Nord in attendance, Grinter looked like the type of player that is more valuable with the ball in his hands. He was very elusive and has a great burst of speed when finding a running seam.

"When I see the hole I just take off and try to make a play," Grinter said.

As for what position he might play at Louisville, he could project as either a linebacker or safety on defense or as a tight end or receiver on offense.

"Some people think I might play linebacker, but the coaches told me that they like me as a receiver," said Grinter. "I'd like to play receiver."

Now matter what position he may end up, Grinter is focused on continually improving for the next level.

"I'm just trying to work harder, so I can get myself ready to play at the next level."

For now, he'll just keep racking up the rushing yards and putting up points for Fairdale.

This weekend Fairdale will host James McKinney and Central High School.


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