“Coach Gray thinks I’m an ideal size corner,” Gregory said.
The natural running back worked on some defensive mechanics while he was still rehabbing from his injury but in the end, he was happy to be back on the offensive side of the football. Either way, he would have been happy to contribute to the team’s success in whatever way was possible.
“I love running back,” Gregory said. “ But regardless of the position, I just love the game and love making plays. I’ll do that in any kind of way.”
As for Saturday, Gregory says he had a moment during the game where he sat back and realized that he was finally being given the opportunity to be the leading rusher at Virginia Tech.
“There was a slight moment but I didn’t want to start thinking too much,” Gregory said. “I just wanted to stay focused and act like I’d done it before.”
Up until Saturday’s game against Bowling Green, Tech had been starting Holmes on the first series and putting Coleman in on the second. Scales would occasionally be used in goal line packages and often times, Gregory was seen as the outside man.
Against the Falcons, Beamer decided to make a switch and it clearly paid off.
“He’s got a burst,” said Beamer. “He’s got some juice to him.”
Moving forward, Gregory will look to continue his improvement on the field while also battling for playing time with three other running backs.
With three ACL tears in his career along with being stuck on the depth chart behind some of the best running backs Virginia Tech has ever seen, it hasn’t been an easy path to this point for Gregory.
Now, however, the 23-year-old redshirt junior is finally getting his shot and he plans to make the most of his opportunity.
“Football is the love of my life,” Gregory said. “I’ve been playing it since I was six, and I just love the work. I love being out there.”
Now, it appears, Gregory will get a shot at being out there a lot more often.