East Carolina’s three-time Ray Guy Award Watch List candidate Worth Gregory just finished a stellar career that saw him reach the heights of the college football world. We sat down with the Fort Mill, SC native to chat about his journey through the college football landscape.
FM: Was punting and special teams your first position group in football?
WG: I played some safety early on and I didn’t really consider punting until I was a junior in high school. My Dad and I started working out with former NFL kicker Dan Orner at his camps. It just so happened that I was pretty good at it.
FM: Your skills landed you an opportunity to play for college football giant Alabama, what was your time like in Tuscaloosa?
WG: It was awesome. I didn’t really get an opportunity to play that much so that led me to transfer. But it was an awesome opportunity to be on a national championship team. The state of Alabama really loves its football and it shows.
FB: What was coach Nick Saban like?
WG: He was awesome. He was very professional, but oftentimes it felt like a business. I think most players there can attest to that. When I got to East Carolina, I immediately witnessed that it was a different culture.
FM: Your first year at ECU was the program’s most successful season during your tenure. What made that year special?
WG: We were young the first year, but we had a lot of leaders and talent. We were really solid at quarterback but the infusion of talent and youth really made a difference that year.
FM: What have you been able to take away from the last two seasons?
WG: It was good for me as a leader to have been on a national championship team, then go to a bowl game with a new team and then have two really poor years. The struggles taught me how to be composed as a leader but I felt like we struggled mostly because of depth.
FM: The team chose you as it’s special teams captain after a number of games because of your performance in your junior year, why do you think that was?
WG: It starts with leading your unit. I think people gravitated towards me because I tried my best to be my best on my unit. I worked hard and tried to lead by example.
FM: What is one of the greatest lesson you’ve learned in football?
WG: It may be overused, but, ‘Hard work gets you what you want.’ I’ve seen teams with a lot of talent do very little as far as wins and I’ve seen teams that pay attention to detail go far and have a lot of success.
FM: What would you say to other punters that would like to grow into a position of leadership?
WG: Do your job. I was a preferred walk-on my freshman year on one of the best teams in all of football and it was there that I learned how to compete with champions. Doing your job is the best way to start contributing to the team. Everything else will fall into place.