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September 5, 2013

Auburn tailback Grant finally cultivates a role

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Blackmon said he never heard Grant complain or say anything negative about his situation. He said Grant is often a topic among Opelika coaches. The consensus: "If that boy ever gets a shot, he's going to do something big, because we know how hard he works."

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said he wasn't surprised by Grant's performance either.

"He's been real steady," Lashlee said. "We knew he could run from the spring until now. He's a tough kid. He did make some cuts that were impressive that maybe we didn't know he could do. His speed is definitely a weapon for him. As you were able to see on Saturday, he helps us have a potential one-play drive or a guy who can make those explosive plays and flip the field and help you get chunk yardage."

Grant, who said he has run a 4.29 40 at Auburn, was on the field early. He ran for 15 yards on a sweep on Auburn's second play from scrimmage and raced 75 yards for a touchdown on his third carry midway through the second quarter.

"That was the most unbelievably fast thing I've ever seen," Tigers tight end C.J. Uzomah said. "He hit the corner and I was like, 'I don't know what even happened.' I thought somebody had an angle but you don't have an angle on him. You can't ever have an angle on him. He performed unbelievably."

Then Grant's teammates, who knew how long he'd been waiting, swarmed him in celebration.

"You could see it on his face after he scored, 'Finally. This is what I've been waiting for,'" Uzomah said. "We're all very excited for him."

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