Joey Grosso, the 22-year-old Lighthouse Point resident and former Penn linebacker who died Wednesday while scuba diving on the first day of lobster mini-season, had been added to the 105-man Miami Hurricanes football roster Tuesday, UM confirmed Thursday.
UM spokesman Chris Yandle said Grosso had not yet been assigned a jersey number but was being counted as a walk-on. Grosso was about to begin UM law school.
Grosso graduated from Penn in May with a major in philosophy, politics and economics, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian, which printed the following statement from Penn football coach Al Bagnoli: “Joe was a terrific young man, an accomplished student and an outstanding player. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family during this very difficult period.”
Grosso finished with 43 tackles, a fumble recovery and interception in 31 college games over his final three seasons. He would have been eligible to play immediately for UM.
“This has been the most tragic 24 hours that anyone in our family has ever experienced,” said Michael Becker, Grosso’s first cousin. “He was a diehard UM fan — our whole family is. He didn’t even care about playing; he just wanted to say he was a Miami Hurricane. It meant the world to him.”