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Jason Olson, Deseret Morning News
Mountain View's Greg May (5) puts up a shot over Timpanogos' Skyler Halford (24). May is averaging 7.67 points per game.

OREM — Mountain View senior Greg May doesn't look like someone who can turn a football or basketball game on its head.

Carrying a 6-foot frame, and not being the speediest guy or even the strongest, opponents could mistake him as some ordinary athlete.

And those who do are sure to regret it.

"It's not even that he's more athletic," said Mountain View football coach Teko Johnson. "It's what he brings."

Getting the most of what talent May was given impresses Johnson the most.

"He's not the biggest, fastest or has the best shot," Johnson said. "But he has a lot of heart. It's the true test of greatness, getting the most of what you can do."

Johnson's take on May was new this season as he just finished his first year as coach of the Bruins and didn't catch any film of him.

"I didn't know coming in what he could be doing for us," Johnson said.

The numbers show what May did bring to the Bruins. Playing either wide receiver or linebacker, he didn't let his game on offense and defense suffer by diversifying his talents.

Scoring six touchdowns — four by air and two on the ground, May was one of the sparks that led Mountain View to 5A quarterfinal appearance this year after a one-win season in 2006.

Defensively, May tallied five sacks, three interceptions and averaged more than seven tackles a game.

Johnson, though, wasn't talking just about the numbers.

"It's his work ethic and attitude," he said. "That's what's phenomenal with Greg."

Mountain View basketball coach Jeff Gardner concurs with Johnson that the mentality that May possesses is what gives him an edge.

"His strengths are his toughness and leadership," Gardner said. "Guys look up to Greg."

May himself points out the 2006-07 school year as one that helped develop his leadership on the field and the court after both the basketball and football teams won one game each.

"My junior year was pretty tough after winning two games total with football and basketball," May said. "It was really rough for some to keep playing well when you're not winning.

"The key was not giving up on that," he said. "We knew we were a better team then our record showed."

Averaging 7.67 points per game and 4.43 rebounds per game thus far as region play is just starting, May definitely has been an impact for the Bruins as they have won six games already this season.

Unfortunately for Mountain View, it has gone in a recent tailspin as the Bruins are in the midst of a five-game losing streak. May's fortunes have also declined somewhat as he only scored one point apiece in the two most recent losses to Provo and Springville.

But May's ability to rally the team is unquestioned, according to Gardner. He led a players-only meeting on Saturday after a two-point overtime loss to the Red Devils last Friday in which Mountain View was unable to score in the last three minutes of regulation and all four minutes of overtime.

"A lot of that was based on his leadership," Gardner said of the players-only meeting.

Johnson sees some of the gridiron mentality rub off on May on the basketball court.

"He plays basketball like a football player," Johnson said.

It's surprising that May even has a great desire to play football instead of basketball because of his pedigree. May's dad, Michael, played for BYU's basketball team for three years in the late 1970s and a brother is currently a manager for the Cougars.

"It's always been a part of me," May said of basketball. "I couldn't pick between them."

But even though basketball is in his blood, football is part of his heart. Next year's plans include attending BYU and walking on for the Cougars on the football field.

If his play this year has said anything, it's that May's willingness to work makes a long-shot hope a lot more attainable.