Catching up with Tony Gregory

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First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Tony Gregory admits that his senior season was disappointing, but he remains confident as he looks toward his future at Virginia Tech. The 6-0, 192-pound senior, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds last spring, is hoping to make an impact for the Hokies as soon as possible.

“They are talking about me coming up there and maybe being able to play early, but I could also red-shirt,” Gregory said. “I’d rather play as a freshman if I can. I want to get on the field.”

After rushing for close to 1,000 yards his junior season, Gregory seemed primed for a breakout senior year. But the 2007 season never got on track, for Gregory or his teammates, as the team finished with a 3-7 record. Tech’s standout recruit would miss three games due to a concussion, although he did end up with 641 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.

This offseason, Gregory has run indoor track and has shown the speed that no doubt excites the Virginia Tech staff.

“I just came from indoor nationals,” said Gregory. “I finished 2nd in the state in the 60 meters, so I qualified for nationals. I finished 7th. It is only my second year running track, so I was excited. Now, I’m going to do outdoor track. I’m going to run the 100, 200 and the 4X100 relay. The 100 is my best event. I’ve run a 10.8 before.”

Academically, Gregory has some work to do in order to qualify but feels prep school is not a certainty at this point.

“I’m looking at getting to Virginia Tech this summer,” Gregory said. “Most likely, I’m going to Tech this summer. I pretty much just need to improve my test score. I’m not too far away, so it shouldn’t be a problem.”

Whenever he lands in Blacksburg, whether it is this summer, next January or next summer, Gregory plans to be focused on and off the field.

“I’ll mainly focus on concentrating in the classroom and getting stronger, bigger and learning the system in my freshman year,” Gregory said. “I want to eventually play a big role on offense. I want to be an important

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