Kliff Kingsbury Talks About Jakeem Grant’s NFL Potential [Video]
Coach Kingsbury had a lot of good things to say about Texas Tech standout Jakeem Grant in his Monday (Nov. 2) press conference.
"I think this year is by far the most mature he's been on and off the field, the way he practices and handles himself in the classroom, he's just grown up each year we've been here," Kingsbury said.
It's that maturity that has led Grant to two Big 12 Special team players of the week in 2015.
"He's the most difficult to tackle in space that I've ever been around. The first guy's never going to make him miss," Kingsbury gushed about his prized do-it-all player, continuing: "He's so quick. He's add added the physicality to his game when it comes to blocking the run game. He's a special talent. Works hard, good kid. I'm really proud of him."
Grant finished the Oklahoma State game with a career-high 323 all-purpose yards (178 receiving, 146 kickoff return), which ranked as the fourth highest single-game total in Texas Tech history. He returned his school-record fourth career kickoff return for a touchdown when he ran for a school-record tying 100-yard touchdown.
Watch Jakeem Grant's 100-yard kickoff return
Grant also added a 90-yard reception in which he weaved through the Oklahoma State defense. He finished the day with 178 yards receiving on a career-high 13 receptions and a touchdown. According to ESPN, his 210 first quarter all-purpose yards were the most for a player in a single quarter this year.
With his outstanding performance on Saturday, Grant moved up on several Texas Tech record lists: 5th place in career receiving yards (2,973); 5th place on the Texas Tech career receptions list (234); 6th place in career all-purpose yards (5,010); and 11th place in season all-purpose yards (1,706). In addition, Grant needs just 110 yards to break the school’s all-time career kick return yardage record.
During the same press conference, Kingsbury was asked if Grant carried a permanent chip on his shoulder.
"If you asked him, he's ten-feet tall and that's the way he carries himself and the way he acts around the locker room. He's just a special young man," he said.
Coach Kingsbury also took credit for drawing up the 90-yard reception.
"Yeah, exactly. Just threw it out there and let him cut back five times and let him go," Kliff said. "He can do that any time he touches the ball, and that's what we try to do is find ways to get him the ball in space."
When asked about Grant's NFL potential, Kingsbury responded: "I think he'll get an opportunity. There have been some guys before him of similar stature. So I think he's that dynamic; if he continues to work at his craft that he'll definitely have an opportunity."