#48 Glenn Gronkowski
Previous College: None
Status: On Scholarship
Glenn "Gronk" Gronkowski (b. March 25, 1993) is the brother of current NFL players Dan (Browns), Rob (Patriots) and Chris (Colts) Gronkowski. His other brother, Gordie, also played pro baseball in the Angels’ organization.
He is listed as a fullback on the K-State roster, but also has been described as a tight end. My guess is he'll be somewhere in between. Think of him as an old-school H-back.
Gronk served early notice in the spring game that he can be effective as a fullback. He rushed four times for 19 yards for the Purple team and caught two passes for 16 yards, including a nifty 8-yard touchdown on a shovel pass.
That play was particularly impressive because he trucked a defensive player who mistakenly tried to take him on right at the goal line. Defender fell down, Gronk stumbled back for a second, then Gronk waltzed in for a TD. Beauty.
He also later caught a 2-point conversion pass during Purple's "comeback."
As a wide receiver at Williamsville North High School, Gronk caught 53 passes for 762 yards and 11 touchdowns during his senior season. He grayshirted in 2011 and redshirted in 2012 to gain weight for his new position.
In 2010, he also had two passes for 90 yards; recorded eight interceptions, returning two for touchdowns; recovered two fumbles, returning one for an 85-yard touchdown; and recorded 43 solo tackles.
This jack of all trades also punted for a 35.8-yard average and handled all of his team's kicking duties.
Gronkowski was named co-Offensive Player of the Year in Section VI Class AA North, and totaled 125 catches for 2,076 yards and 23 touchdowns during his high school career. I think he's going to be quite the player for us.
And when you also factor in his family's legendary party habits (Rob was in town for the game and his exploits, as documented on Twitter, were spectacular), Glenn might be the coolest player Bill Snyder's ever recruited.