Gregory Doing Well at FUMA

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Running back Tony Gregory has turned in a solid season for Fork Union Military Academy’s Postgraduate program, highlighted by a 22-carry, 186-yards and 2-touchdown performance against North Carolina Tech and an 11-carry, 144-yard, 2-score performance in a win over Averett. Gregory has been pleased with his season and his development under FUMA head coach John Shuman.

“I’ve been adapting, getting bigger and getting stronger,” Gregory said. “We lift hard through the week and everything. We eat a lot three times a day, so I’m gaining weight. You can’t do the same things you did in high school. Coach Shuman has taught me some things I need to do to get ready for the D-1 level. I’m just progressing with those.”

The 6-0, 192-pound prospect, a Virginia Tech 2008 signee who fell short of qualifying on the standardized tests, played cornerback in two games as well but is still being recruited by Virginia Tech as a running back. Earlier this fall, Coach Shuman indicated that Gregory could see some time at corner.

“We might try him at cornerback,” Shuman said in September. “He is a rangy kid, so that might be a good spot for him. He is a good return man and a good tailback. We like him.”

Tech coaches stopped by Fork Union recently to check in on Gregory and wide receiver recruit D.J. Coles.

“Coach Beamer and my recruiter came to Fork Union two weeks ago to talk to me and D.J. about what we need to do to get there [in January] and how they expect us to be when we get there,” Gregory said.

Is Gregory close to qualifying to be able to enroll at Tech in January of 2009?

“We’ll find out in a couple of weeks,” said Gregory, who is also taking English 5 again to try to raise his GPA. “I took the SAT and ACT a couple of weeks ago. I feel good about it, so I’m confident I’ll be able to get [to Virginia Tech] in January. We’ll see in a couple of weeks.”

Gregory, a speedy prospect who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, attended First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, before heading to Fork Union for prep. He verbally committed to