Oct 24, 2012 5:57 PM by Bill Halter
The Big Sky Conference website put up a poll asking who the most dominant defensive player in the conference is this season. Cal Poly junior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz received the most votes and he's putting up the numbers to back it up.
Grosz was a middle linebacker in high school but was quickly moved up to the line at Cal Poly. "He's kind of the whole package. He was a running back, tight end and linebacker in high school that we recruited and said we were going to move to defensive end. He bought into that and came here and then within three weeks we had moved him to defensive tackle," said head coach Tim Walsh.
Coach Walsh told Grosz at the beginning of the season that he expected him to be an All-American type player. Grosz didn't shy away from those expectations. Instead, he's made good on them. The junior from Fresno has been doing the dirty work up front, he leads the Mustangs with 3.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. He also has forced 2 fumbles, recovered 2 fumbles and blocked a field goal attempt.
"It's a battle, that's why they call it the trenches, it's grimy sometimes. It's dirty, sometimes a lot of stuff happens the refs don't see. That's what we live for though, that's what we love, that's why we're d-lineman," said Grosz.
He deals with constant double teams but has still managed to torment opposing teams when they pass or run.
"He's the rock in the middle of our defensive line and we look to him to make plays for us up there and that's what he's been doing," said senior middle linebacker Kennith Jackson.
Grosz has become a role model for younger players on the team, not so much with his words, but with his actions. "I hear things like that and I think, that's really exciting and it makes me feel good and makes me want to continue to be the person I am and continue to be a good person and make the right decisions and be a good example," said Grosz.
"He's kind of the quiet man, even though his appearance is large. He's a team captain, he does all the right things but he doesn't say a lot. When he does speak people listen," said Walsh.
Grosz and the 11th ranked Mustangs play three of their next four games on the road starting Saturday at Sacramento State. At 7-0 overall and 5-0 in conference, the Mustangs are one of two undefeated teams left in the FCS.
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