Cardinal Slant: From Drummer Boy to Beast

Posted: October 7, 2011 by robjoneslyes in Cardinal Slant with Justin Renck


Hey Cards fans, thought you may want to read something other than conference news. I don’t know about you, but all of these rumors start to drive me crazy after a while! So here is a short little article on Senior Defensive Tackle, Greg Scruggs…

Most fans probably would not get too excited about their favorite college football team recruiting a guy that played in the marching band for 3 years in high school, and only played football during his senior season. UofL fans, however, have to be glad that the former staff noticed something about Greg Scruggs that caught their attention.

All during Scruggs’ time at St. Xavier high school in Cincinnati, the head football coach, Steve Specht, would try to convince Scruggs to come out and play football. Scruggs kept declining. He was a member of the band. When Scruggs started to think about college and how in the world he was going to pay for it, Specht told him that if he just gave him one year on the football field, he would get Scruggs a college scholarship. Specht told college recruiters that “I’ve got a young guy that might come out next year, and if he comes out next year, he’s going to be a guy you want to recruit.”

Scruggs finally gave in for his senior season, and it definitely paid off. Although he only played 1 season, Scruggs led St. X to a perfect 15-0 record and a state title. He started all 15 games and ended up being a 3 star prospect on That is pretty impressive for someone that played the quad drums for 3 years before even playing football.

Scruggs has spent time at both defensive tackle and defensive end during his career at UofL. He has been limited this season after being injured, but he made key contributions in the victory over UK, including a big sack late in the game. After 4 games he has 10 tackles, 3 of those being sacks. With him healthy, it gives the Cards a versatile defender who can get after the quarterback and also line up in the middle to stop the run.

If you have twitter and you don’t follow Scruggs, you should. His handle is G_Scruggs. For media day this year, Scruggs, Chris Philpott, Josh Chichester, and Victor Anderson had terrible luck with flights being cancelled and they never even made it to media day. Instead of just letting all that time pass, Scruggs made a documentary about their trip. It was bout 20 minutes and was very entertaining! He has also been filmed doing an impression of Coach Strong. So it is refreshing to see someone as talented on the field as Scruggs, also have a good personality off the field. It makes him a very easy player to root for.

We are looking forward to a great rest of the season for Scruggs on the defensive line. Remember the Cards kick off at noon this Saturday at North Carolina. It will be televised on ESPN 2.

Go Cards!

Justin Renck is a contributor to 1450TheSportsBuzz. His material also appears on


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