The UK football team falls to Missouri on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium.
* SEC Academic Honor Roll (2012)
Has played primarily on special teams, working to earn more action on offensive plays this season ... Massive offensive lineman is the tallest player ever to play football at Kentucky ... Joined the team in the fall of 2011 ... Very intelligent player ... Coaches often have commented on the remarkable progress he has made during his time at UK.
2013 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 games, seeing most of his action on special teams.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 12 games, seeing most action on special teams.
2011 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Three-year letterwinner as an offensive and defensive lineman at Newport Central Catholic, helping the team to 35 wins during that stretch ... Helped the team to a 2A state championship as a senior ... Earned an award from the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association, while also being named Cincinnati Enquirer all-star in 2010 ... Coached by Eddie Eviston ... Played basketball for one season at center ... Was a member of the Drama Club, Pep Club and school newspaper ... Made honor roll all 12 trimesters in high school.
Personal: Born in Fort Thomas, Ky. ... Son of Steve and Mary Gruenschlaeger ... Steve played football at the University of Cincinnati ... Sister, Annie, played volleyball at Morehead State, while other sister, Elizabeth, competes in track and field at UK ... Plans a major in accounting.
Community Cats: Helped pack and deliver food for God's Pantry program (2012) ... Helped with Big Blue U Move-in (2011, `12).
John Says ... If I could talk to anyone on Skype it would be: grandparents ... What non-football event would you like to attend? the Olympics ... The one thing I like most about football is: the relationships you build ... My hidden talent is: I cook phenomenal meals ... My nickname is: Jack or Sunset.