Jakeem Grant: Top Ten Plays at Texas Tech

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Nov 14, 2015; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders running back Jakeem Grant (11) and his son Jakeem Grant Jr. before the game with the Kansas State Wildcats at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5 – Grants makes three Horned Frogs look hapless

When TCU traveled to Lubbock in 2013, it was the first conference game between the two schools since 1995. TCU was ranked in the top-25 while Texas Tech was playing its third game under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

The game was a tough defensive struggle throughout the night and every yard was hard to come by. In situations where yards are difficult to gain, it is nice to have Jakeem Grant on your side.

Early in the second quarter, Grant caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage and as the defense pursued, it looked like Grant was going to be trapped for a loss. In fact, when he turned up field, he was five yards behind the line of scrimmage and there were unblocked defenders headed his way.

Grant side-stepped the first defender, a defensive back that should be athletcic enough to make an ope-field tackle. In the same motion, Grant planted his left foot in the turf to come to an almost complete stop, changed direction ever so slightly and avoided a diving defensive end.

Ten yards down field, Grant found one more victim. Again in the open field in a one-on-one situation, Grant maed a defensive back look silly.

As Grant neared, the defender went into tackling position but all he would find is turf. Grant stuck his right foot in the turf and made a shift move to the left allowing him to gain five more yards.

There was only one reason that Texas Tech gained 15 yards on that play. It was not blocked well nor executed perfectly. But the agility of Jakeem Grant turned what could have been a big loss into an impact play.

Plus, he made three TCU Horned Frogs look stupid so he gets extra style points for that.

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