Third-year McIntire student Nash Griffin is driven to win the starting punter job at Cavalier football practices this spring, and he is getting close to greatness. Or rather, he already lives relatively near to it: The Indianapolis native is a childhood friend and roommate of NCAA champion guard, Virginia basketball’s Kyle Guy (A&S ’20).
Griffin and Guy have a history that dates back to middle school, and the two were varsity basketball teammates for four years at Lawrence Central High School in Indiana. The close friends both chose UVA and even share a Charlottesville apartment with Guy’s student-manager and teammate, part-time guard Grant Kersey (A&S ’20).
In competing for the starting punter position, Griffin is attempting to muscle up from the previous two years he spent as the team’s holder. The Block 8 student noted that despite Guy’s ascension to college basketball greatness, there was a moment years ago when his high school team almost convinced him to play football. Though Guy considered trying out for an opening at quarterback as a senior, he ultimately stayed with basketball—much to the delight of ‘Hoo fans everywhere.
And how was Griffin on the basketball court?
Guy says through a smile that his Commerce School chum “was a liability. He got like 14 techs in those four years. He liked to slam the ball, walk through other teams’ timeouts. But he was a glue guy. He rebounded, and he hit open shots, and he guarded the best player most of the time. He was pretty good, actually.”
As Guy deservedly basks in the championship glory and the accolades of the University community, Griffin is set to keep on as the weather heats up: taking to the field and striving to rise in the Cavalier football ranks.