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October 4, 2013

O'Gorman is getting it done for the Gusties

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O’Gorman had risen to No. 2 on the depth chart by his junior year and that’s where he remains today.

He’s turned a lot of his excess freshman weight into muscle and now stands 5-7, 225. He plays a little at running back when starter Jeffrey Dubose needs a break but otherwise is mostly a special teams guy.

That’s why Saturday’s touchdown was so special. It was the first of O’Gorman’s collegiate career.

“The only reason I got in was because Jeffrey’s helmet came off and he had to go to the sideline,” O’Gorman said. “After my first play I looked over, expecting Jeffrey to come back out, but he didn’t. Then we huddled up and they called my number.

“I thought, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’ I found a seam on the left side of the line and just ran to the end zone.”

Officially, it was a 10-yard touchdown by O’Gorman. Unofficially, it was the payoff for three years of blood and sweat equity left on the practice field. Today, all those years of being a tackling dummy seem worth it.

“I know I made the right choice,” he said. “There are memories here you can’t replace. I know if I would have walked away I would have regretted it.”

Jim Rueda is The Free Press sports editor. To contact him call 507-344-6381 or email him at jrueda@mankatofreepress.com

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