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East grad Jalen Griffin hopeful for 2020 season at Quincy

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — As the calendar approaches August, the big question is if there will be a football season. East grad and Quincy University sophomore running back Jalen Griffin is ready to head back to training camp, but knows there's still time for the season to be delayed.

"You're getting closer and closer and you're getting more hyped up and you're like 'okay we're going to get back to school, we're getting closer', but they're just pushing that deadline back," said Griffin. "If they tell me right before I can't go to school it's going to be devastating but then again I should've been braced for it."

Jalen is the son of Gary Griffin, the head football coach at East. Jalen ran for over 800 yards in his redshirt freshman year, and had 8 touchdowns to go along with it. He isn't changing his mentality however, as he is prepared to get back on the turf.

"I feel like I still got that deadline in my head August first got to be ready for training camp and I feel like for most of my guys that's how it is too," said Jalen. "It's also biting at you at the back of your neck like I might be doing all this work and there might be no season."

Jalen is getting ready to head back to Quincy regardless of the situation, and he hopes that he can suit up with his teammates soon.

Jalen Griffin during a workout at East High School on Thursday afternoon.
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Sam Knox

Sam joined the WREX news team in the Spring of 2020.

He graduated from Emerson College in May of 2020, just two days before moving to Rockford to take the job at WREX as a Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter. He majored in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Sports Communication.

Sam is originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and has been an avid sports fan his whole life. He played basketball and baseball in high school, and he went on to play collegiate baseball at Emerson.

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