71  John Gruenschlaeger
John Gruenschlaeger


Fort Thomas, Ky.

High School:
Newport Central Catholic

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 363

Offensive Guard



Kentucky Ranks Second on SEC Academic Honor Roll

Sixty-three Wildcats Recognized by the League


FB vs. Missouri, 110913

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 ... Has played in 24 games.

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) ... Did a speaking engagement at St. Michael's Church (2013).
John Says ... My nickname is: Jack and the Beanstalk (thanks Coach Marrow) ... If I could trade places with any athlete, it would be: Zach West ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: dog whisperer ... I couldn't live without my: internal organs, skin and bones ... If I could witness any event, past, present or future, it would be: Marty McFly going back to the future ... My go-to song to get ready for a game is: My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion ... My hidden talent is: making really strange noises ... Something people might not know about me is: my dance moves are sicker than Jordan Swindle ... The celebrity I'd like to be best friends with is: Coach Stoops ... What's the best advice you've ever received? Shut up.

2015 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium