Greyson Gunning for PT

It's considered a given for the local high school football signees to start working out with their future teammates as soon as possible. In the case of the University of Washington's 2004 football team, they have ten signees living within a one-hundred mile radius expected to enroll and participate in fall drills. A little over two weeks ago, the program received notice from an out-of-state signee that wanted to get a jump-start on familiarizing himself with all things purple and gold.

Soon thereafter, Sebastopol (Calif.) Analy athlete Greyson Gunheim was on a plane to Seattle, leaving all things California behind. "Coming up from California, there was a little bit of an adjustment, but a lot of the players were happy to see that I was up here already getting going," Greyson told Tuesday. "I think they were kind of surprised.

"I just really wanted to get up there early and get used to how things were going to be. That way it wasn't going to be a shock when school started and I could get myself ready."

Gunheim, who has since added twenty pounds of muscle onto his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame, might end up becoming a beneficiary of Rashaad Goodrum's departure from the Husky program. In fact, the JC defensive end never made it to Montlake, creating a hole at rush end the Huskies coaches hope can be filled by players like Ty Eriks and Brandon Ala.

And then there's Greyson, a player who was so athletic for his size he actually played tailback for the Tigers. But it's his speed off the edge that has UW defensive line coach Randy Hart drooling. But as with all true freshmen at Washington that show up on campus not named Reggie Williams, it's baby steps.

"Boy, I just don't know," Greyson said when asked about his chances for playing time in 2004. "I'm just doing everything I can to learn all the terminology."

He's also been endearing himself to his teammates, especially when he's been dragging his body up at the crack of dawn along with them for their off-season training regimen.

"We get up at 5:30 in the morning and go lift and work out," Gunheim said when asked what a typical day in Seattle has been like so far. "And then we go to the indoor facility and work on drills or do sprints. Then if we need to do more lifting we do that and then the rest of the day is free.

"We just hang out, maybe watch some movies or go swimming."

So while the skill guys are doing 7-on-7's, what are the linemen doing? "Mostly we work a lot on technique, trying to free ourselves from the linemen," Greyson said. "Then we'll do some one-on-ones."

And the best offensive lineman he's been up against to date? "Well, because of the way the schedules have worked out I've only been able to go up against them once, but I think the toughest guy I went up with was another freshman," he said. "I don't remember who it was, though."

Big Jordan White-Frisbee has been showing up for workouts, and Gunheim is impressed with the frosh from Kenmore. "For his size, he moves really good," Greyson said of the 6-6, 300-plus-pound White-Frisbee.

Zach Tuiasosopo is the player that has really taken Gunheim under his wing. "I'll hang out with Zach and his family, or Zach and Joe (Toledo) ... those guys," he said when asked about players he's started to bond with. In fact, Greyson was happy to report that the big tight end from Encinitas, California appears to be back to one-hundred percent health.

"He's been working out and doing everything we are doing," Greyson said of Joe.

It's only been a short time, but it's clear that Gunheim isn't working out with his high school buddies anymore. "There's not a huge difference, because we actually had a strength trainer at our high school," he said. "But things here are a lot more intense, faster, more upbeat.

"It seems like all the players stands out in one way or another - strength, quickness, speed. Everybody has something going for them."

Of the incoming freshmen, Greyson Gunheim just might have something going for him that allows him a rotation spot this fall, something that Huskies fans just might find out sooner, rather than later. Top Stories