The Gresham Secret is Out

Oklahoma Sooner football fans have known all about Jermaine Gresham and his big play making ability for over a year, but he exploded on to the national radar Saturday night when he torched the Texas A&M defense for four touchdowns. For his performance Gresham was awarded the weekly "Mackey" award as the week's top tight end.

Jermaine Gresham seemed to be the secret weapon that the Oklahoma Sooner coaching staff let loose upon an unsuspecting Texas A&M defense that seemed to be more prepared to try to stop a solid rushing attack and big playmakers on the edges, little did they know it would be the mammoth OU tight end that would do the most damage.

Coming in to the game many fans were concentrating on the freakish ability of running back Jorvorskie Lane and if he would be able to run over the Sooners, but it would end up being the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Gresham that would end up being the difference maker, as he cashed it in four times for 80 yards in the 42-14 victory.

Gresham would put the first points on the board by capping off a 33-yard drive by hauling in a three-yard touchdown strike from Sam Bradford. At the beginning of the second quarter he would virtually finish off the Aggies and their coaching staff by hauling in a 13-yard TD.

Sooner head coach Bob Stoops admitted that getting a freak like Gresham involved as often as possible is definitely part of the coaching staff's game plan.

"Well, we use all those guys. We always have, and we move them a lot. Depending on how people play, we try and get them involved. They are intentionally trying to get them involved."

"We intentionally had him in some spots. The run game sets so much of that in. You spread them out run some routes and it opens up."

Gresham's big day would not be over as he would add two more touchdowns in the second half from 38 and 13 yards out. The four touchdowns ties and Oklahoma record for most touchdown receptions in a game.

Stoops believes that Gresham has all of the physical skills that a great tight end can possess, but he also gives credit to how he prepares himself off of the field. In other words, Gresham is the total package.

"Just the power and the strength he has is amazing," Bob Stoops said in his press weekly press conference. "We can run gassers and conditioning drills out there over and over and the guy never gets tired. There's a lot to him, for sure. And he has got great hands."

For his performance Gresham was recognized as the John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The 2007 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced on December 6, 2007 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show live on ESPN.

On the season Gresham has hauled in 28 passes for 366 yards and 10 scores.

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