Grubbs looking for a memorable final season

August 17, 2004


His summer may have been all about family, but Stephen Grubbs is now ready for his final season of football.

He's also ready to make it one to remember for him and Georgetown College.

The Tigers have switched to a 3-4 defense. Grubbs said that will help him at the outside linebacker spot as his responsibilities will now include more rushing of the quarterback.

"I'm going to be blitzing a lot, and I hope to get some sacks this year to add to my totals," Grubbs said. "I'll be working on my pass rushing moves. I'll have to contain on the outside, but in pass coverage, my stuff is the same as it has been. I'll just get to blitz a lot more."


Grubbs spent the summer helping his brother build a house in Garrard County. He also took time to help coach his 5-year-old daughter, Lexie, in T-ball.

"They're funny to watch," Grubbs said.

Now, his coaching will come from his linebacker position, where Grubbs said he's looking forward to being a strong leader for Georgetown.

Grubbs admitted the realization this was his final college football season started setting in during the summer workouts, saying it was "hard to swallow."

Grubbs will be a key part of a Georgetown defense that returns seven of its top 10 tacklers from last season. Georgetown didn't graduate anyone off the defensive line or its linebacking corps.

Grubbs had 41 tackles last year, including four for loss and two sacks. He also broke up two passes and recovered a fumble. He earned the team's "Hammer Award" for the biggest hits.

"Our defense should be real good," Grubbs said. "We've got five veteran linebackers, and four of us are seniors. That should be the leading group. We're going to that new defense, we've got more speed on the field, we're going to try new things and it's looking good."

Grubbs is looking forward to being one of the vocal leaders on that experienced defense. He knows the linebackers are generally the leaders on any team, and it's a position he relishes.

"I like it because it's my senior year and I've got a good group of senior linebackers with me who are good leaders and good players," Grubbs said. "It's a good responsibility to have because at that position, you make big hits, you get hyped up and you tell everyone where to go. We've got a lot of smart people at that position to help lead the defense."

Grubbs has an unpleasant taste in his mouth from last year. Though the Tigers finished 9-3, they lost in the first round of the NAIA playoffs to Saint Francis, a team that made it to the national semifinals.

It was the first time in Grubbs' three years that the Tigers hadn't reached the national championship game.

"Most people would take a 9-3 record, but that was the first time I hadn't been to championship and that was pretty hard," Grubbs said. "As a team we just want to make it to the playoffs and have another perfect season and win a championship. That's our main goal."

Grubbs spent his summer running four days a week, lifting two or three times a week and working on his brother's house.

He hopes to be working on his own house soon. After the season, Grubbs said he'll have one or two more semesters left of school. Once he graduates, he said he wants to come back to Garrard County, build a house and look into starting his own business.

But for now, Grubbs is focusing on making a final batch of memories.

"I remember my freshman year, playing in the national championship game on special teams and getting in on one tackle," Grubbs said. "Sophomore year, it was the same thing. In the playoff games, the intensity gets much greater than in the regular season. I want to feel that again."|None|***

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