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TE Griffin shows he's more than a receiver

9/2/2012

ROSENBERG, Texas -- At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, possessing speed and exceptional leaping ability, it's easy to classify Rosenberg (Texas) Terry receiver Derrick Griffin as merely a big time pass catcher.

But as he showed in the Rangers' 59-35 win over League City (Texas) Clear Falls on Saturday, Griffin can do something else pretty well: block downfield.

Griffin, who is No. 29 in the ESPN 150 and is rated as the No. 1 tight end in the nation, used his large frame to block at the line of scrimmage and downfield to help fuel teammate Eugene Wright's huge rushing day of 242 yards and four touchdowns, a day in which Terry saw starting quarterback Antoine Arboleda go down with an arm injury.

"Ever since our quarterback went out, I felt I had to step up and start leading my team," Griffin said. "I had to do something else besides just catching the ball. So I figured I could block."

Terry coach Tim Teykl said that college coaches have been noticing that about Griffin for years.

"That's what got everybody's attention as a sophomore and junior, not catching," Teykl said. "He can catch, but they'd go 'My goodness' (at his blocking ability)."

Even so, Griffin still made sure to make some spectacular leaping catches in the win. He caught two jump balls over defenders for a pair of two-point conversions and caught a 54-yard touchdown pass in the second half as the Rangers pulled away from the Knights.

As for his recruitment, Griffin said nothing has really changed in recent weeks. He still said he is "75 percent committed" to Texas A&M right now, just as he did when fall practice began in August for he and his Ranger teammates.

Griffin also said he'll be making the trip to College Station to attend the Aggies' season opener against Florida on Saturday.