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When Gregory was signed as a junior college transfer, he was immediately tabbed as the answer for Nebraska’s struggles creating pressure from the defensive line.
So how can he be a surprise player?
Primarily because of how well he has slotted into his role as defensive end. From the first game, Gregory has been a disruptive force in opposing backfields, netting 3.5 tackles for loss, a half-sack and 17 total tackles in the first four games of the season.
More impressively, Gregory has demonstrated the speed and the desire to provide back-side pursuit on plays, frequently making a stop or forcing a play coming from the other side of the field. And he got a gift against South Dakota State on Saturday when he stepped in front of a pass and took the interception 33 yards for a touchdown.
As a sophomore, Gregory still has a lot to learn about Pelini’s defensive scheme. But he’s off to an amazing start.
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