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48 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Glenn Gronkowski

In which BracketCat counts down the 48th day until kickoff with a profile of fullback Glenn Gronkowski.

Whether it's running or catching the ball, Glenn Gronkowski is always a threat. If anything, this fullback's weakness is blocking.
Whether it's running or catching the ball, Glenn Gronkowski is always a threat. If anything, this fullback's weakness is blocking.
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

#48 Glenn Gronkowski
Redshirt Junior
6-3 | 234
Amherst, N.Y.


Position: Fullback

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Glenn Thomas "Gronk" Gronkowski (b. March 25, 1993) is a physical and athletic player from a very famous football family who has been a solid blocker while serving as a receiving threat out of the backfield.

He is the brother of current NFL players Dan (Browns), Rob (Patriots) and Chris (Chargers) Gronkowski. His other brother, Gordie, also played pro baseball in the Angels’ organization.

Gronkowski has averaged 29.3 yards on 10 career receptions, including three of his four touchdowns that have spanned 50 or more yards. He has been voted a player representative for the 2015 season.

In 2013, Gronkowski played in all 13 games with five starts en route to honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades from the league's coaches. He helped to lead the way for running back John Hubert, who finished fourth in the Big 12 in rushing and produced the 14th 1,000-yard season in school history.

He also had five receptions for 194 yards — a 38.8-yard average — and three touchdowns, averaged 48.7 yards on his touchdown receptions, and was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 performer.

Last year, Gronkowski played in all 13 games, with starts against Oklahoma, West Virginia and Baylor.

He made five receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown — a 62-yarder at No. 11 Oklahoma — en route to first-team All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches. He also hauled in a 19-yarder against Stephen F. Austin.

Gronkowski recorded 9 rushing yards against Texas Tech, including a career-long 7-yard rush, and later earned first-team Academic All-District 7 and first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

He is listed as a fullback, but also serves as a sort of a tight end. In reality, he's an H-back — something in between.

As a wide receiver at Williamsville High School North, 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.