Player Profile: Grant Starck

Grant Starck not only aided in winning Thurston's first state football championship, he did so with his father on the sideline.

Posted: Sep 14, 2019 12:21 AM
Updated: Sep 14, 2019 12:43 AM

Springfield, Ore. -- Last season, the Thurston Colts won their first ever state football championship head coach justin Starck at the helm and his son, Grant anchoring the offensive line.

"That was awesome. I think that was probably the best part, getting to do it with my dad, my brother on the sideline, my mom not far away," said Grant. "It was awesome."

Starck's youngest son, Grayson plays on the junior varsity team at Thurston.

Justin said, "It makes me emotional. And umm to have both of them there. To have Grant on the field playing a huge role and to have Grayson there by my side being a ball boy for that game it was really special."

The 3 star lineman says he's been playing football since he was in kindergarten. His father played collegiately at the University of Oregon, and played a number of season professionally, however the two do not have similar playing styles.

"I think he was a lot more physical. A lot more of like a head butter. I think I play a little bit more with my mind," said Grant.

Justin also saw the difference saying, "He's a better athlete than I was. I was a little faster, like straight ahead foot speed, but he has better coordination and balance."

Standing 6'5 and weighing 290 lbs. is not only the biggest player on the team, he also has the biggest personality.

Grant said, "I've always just been kind of like a fun loving animated kid. Always, always been pretty loud."

While Justin sometimes sees it differently, he says his son demeanor is always nice and positive.

"It's amusing at times, sometimes it's a little bit annoying. Anyone would tell you, his teachers would tell you and other coaches it's nonstop," he said.

However, when it comes to playing in games, Grant shows up and is all business. In June, he committed to the University of Nevada-Reno. 

"It really was a good fit, Reno I feel like was an awesome town," said Grant. "The living situation there for all the football players was awesome. Just everything kind of fit and felt really good."

He said he committed early so he can focus on his senior year and try to win another state title with his dad and head coach by his side.

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