John Gruenschlaeger, Offensive Tackle/Guard
Height / Weight: 6-11 / 340
Hometown: Fort Thomas, Ky.
High School: Newport Central Catholic
BEFORE UK (courtesy of UK Athletics)
Three-year letterwinner as an offensive and defensive lineman at Newport Central Catholic, helping the team to 35 wins during that stretch … Helped the team to a 2A state championship as a senior … Earned an award from the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association, while also being named Cincinnati Enquirer all-star in 2010 … Coached by Eddie Eviston … Played basketball for one season at center … Was a member of the Drama Club, Pep Club and school newspaper … Made honor roll all 12 trimesters in high school.
AS A WILDCAT
Gruenschlaeger redshirted in 2011, and wasn’t projected to get any significant playing time. As the season wore on and the losses piled up, John began seeing limited snaps at offensive tackle, and may be able to challenge for playing time this upcoming season at both tackle and guard. Given his massive size and UK’s lack of depth along the o-line, expect to see John getting a significant amount of snaps st some point this season.