Son of baseball great looks to break through on gridiron

Justin Schecker

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Son of baseball great looks to break through on gridiron

CREATED Aug. 27, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - With his nameless practice jersey and helmet on, University of Arizona redshirt freshman Trey Griffey blends in with the rest of the team's wide receivers.

"The best thing about trey is he's so humble," UA receivers coach Tony Dews said. "He never talks about it. You'd never know that Ken Griffey  is his dad."

But when the helmet comes off, you can't help but notice the resemblance to one of baseball's all-time greatest sluggers. 

"My dad, when he was in high school he played football, my grandfather played football, my uncle played football," Trey told 9 On Your Side. "They just after their 11th grade year chose to go strictly baseball."

"So it did pass on down through generations," Dews said. "Trey does have some gifted abilities."

When Trey started high school in Orlando, he said he dropped baseball to focus on football. 

"My family always supports me throughout everything," Trey said. 

Last season Coach Rich Rodriguez "redshirted" Griffey. This year Trey is competing for a role in the Wildcats' receiver rotation. In Rich Rod's wide open offense, he knows he'll get his chance.

"Everybody is going to have a catch during the game," Trey said. "The ball is spread out from left to right, right to left."

Trey's position coach said the redshirt year paid off.      

"When he comes out on the field he's not made hardly any mistakes thus far through practice," Dews said. 

This season when he's on the field against opposing defenses, its Trey's turn to start building a legacy of his own.