Today’s edition of Red Raiders Daily is all about Texas Tech’s smallest and deadliest receiver and how he stands to contribute to his team’s success this season.
Every Big 12 team has holes to fill this season on their rosters, and ESPN Stats and Info has a stat from a player on each team that could signal success.
Texas Tech receiver Jakeem Grant‘s yards per play: The junior wideout averaged 11.3 yards per play from scrimmage in 2013. The Red Raiders scored at least 30 points in every game in which Grant averaged at least 11 yards per play. Grant is a dynamic playmaker whom coach Kliff Kingsbury will try to get the ball as much as possible to help lessen the impact of losing Jace Amaro and Eric Ward. If Texas Tech increases Grant’s touches and he rewards the coaching staff by averaging 12 yards per play in 2014, he has the potential to change games and help the offense continue to rank among the Big 12’s best.
NFL.com CFB 24/7 takes a look at the best college football players this year who are small of stature but pack a big punch.
Jakeem Grant, WR, Texas Tech
Particulars: 5-6, 160, Junior
Buzz: The Red Raiders’ leading returning receiver pulled in 65 passes last year in a fast-paced, pass-happy offense that puts Grant’s speed and skills to great work. Grant also handled 19 kickoff returns for TT. His open-field moves are simply ridiculous, as this Texas Tech video feature illustrates. With tight end Jace Amaro moving on to the NFL, Grant could threaten 100 catches by season’s end.