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Jakeem Grant (born October 30, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL), usually operating as a return specialist. He was drafted by the Dolphins in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas Tech, where he set their all-time record for receiving yards.

Jakeem Grant
No. 19 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Wide receiver
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1992-10-30) October 30, 1992 (age 26)
Athens, Texas
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight:169 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school:John Horn (Mesquite, Texas)
College:Texas Tech
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 6 / Pick: 186
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:34
Receiving yards:471
Receiving touchdowns:4
Return yards:2,036
Return touchdowns:3
Rushing attempts:5
Rushing yards:18
Player stats at NFL.com

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High school careerEdit

Grant attended John Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas and was a three-star prospect rated by Rivals.com. He held offers from Colorado State, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Pittsburgh, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.[1] He was originally committed to Tulsa but flipped his commitment to Texas Tech soon before Signing Day.[2][3]

College careerEdit

Texas TechEdit

Grant redshirted during his first season in 2011. In the following 2012 season, Grant played in all 13 games and recorded 32 receptions, 287 yards, and 3 touchdowns. He returned a kickoff for a 99-yard touchdown in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. He earned ESPN All-Big 12 1st Team Freshman honors following the season.

In 2013, Grant played in 12 games for 65 receptions, 796 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns, and was named All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention.

In 2014, Grant played in 12 games for 67 receptions, 938 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns, and again earned All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention honors.

In his final season, in 2015, Grant was selected as a CBS Sports second-team All-American and an Associated Press third-team All-American in 2015 as an all-purpose player.[4][5] Grant caught 90 passes for 1,268 yards and 10 touchdowns, which broke Biletnikoff Award winning Red Raider Michael Crabtree's school record in career yardage.[6] Grant returned an additional two kickoffs for touchdowns during the season, setting the school record for the category.

During Texas Tech's Pro Day, a New Orleans Saints scout recorded his 40-yard dash speed at a hand-timed 4.1 seconds, potentially beating Bo Jackson's hand-timed 4.12 seconds at the NFL Combine in 1986.[7] His electronically recorded 40 yard dash time is 4.34 seconds.[8]

College statisticsEdit

Receiving Kick Return
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs Returns Ret yds Ret Avg Ret TDs
2012 Texas Tech 13 32 284 3 6 237 39.5 2
2013 Texas Tech 11 65 796 7 19 400 21.1 0
2014 Texas Tech 12 67 938 7 23 515 22.4 0
2015 Texas Tech 13 90 1,268 10 39 1,017 26.1 2
College Totals 49 254 3,286 27 87 2,169 24.9 4

Professional careerEdit

After running a 4.34 40-yard dash at his Texas Tech pro day,[9] Grant was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round, 186th overall, of the 2016 NFL Draft.[10]

Grant's first career touchdown came on a 74-yard punt return against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5 of his rookie season. The return made 'NFL Now's Top 5 Most Athletic Plays' list at number 1.[11]

In Week 1 of the 2018 season, Grant had a 102-yard kick off return touchdown in a 27-20 win over the Tennessee Titans, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[12] In Week 3, against the Oakland Raiders, he had two receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.[13] Grant also recorded a 70-yard punt return touchdown in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals.[14] He suffered an Achilles injury in Week 10 and underwent season-ending surgery.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Growing up in Dallas, Texas single family home, Grant attended John Horn High School. Grant was stabbed in a nightclub in 2014. He now has three children.[16]

In 2016, Grant starred in the NFL Network's TV series, 'Undrafted'. Showcasing his pace and athleticism as a key factor in his game, before his eventual 6th round draft selection by the Miami Dolphins.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fernandez, Andre. "While others got taller, Jakeem Grant got faster. That speed..." The Athletic. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Mesquite Horn WR Jakeem Grant decommits from Tulsa". SportsDayHS. January 12, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Horn WR Jakeem Grant commits to Texas Tech over Pitt". SportsDayHS. January 17, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Silverstein, Adam. "CBS Sports 2015 College Football All-America Team". Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "AP All-America Team, List". Associated Press. December 13, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant earns Sports Illustrated All-america Second Team honors". KCBD. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  7. ^ Haislop, Tadd. "Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant clocked at 4.10 in 40-yard dash". SportingNews. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "Jakeem Grant Blazes a 4.34 40-yard dash". NFL Network. October 9, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Jakeem Grant Workout Metrics". PlayerProfiler.com.
  10. ^ Poupart, Alain (April 30, 2016). "Dolphins Select Grant In Sixth Round". MiamiDolphins.com. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  11. ^ "Jakeem Grant of 'NFL: Undrafted' Scores 1st Touchdown For Dolphins". 2paragraphs. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Teope, Herbie (September 12, 2018). "Mahomes, Fitzpatrick among Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  13. ^ Deen, Safid. "Dolphins' speed shines bright in win over Raiders, Miami's first 3-0 start since 2013". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "The Dolphins' Jakeem Grant has a simple message for teams willing to kick to him". Miami Herald. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  15. ^ Gantt, Darin (November 19, 2018). "Jakeem Grant having season-ending surgery". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  16. ^ "Dolphins Rookie Wide Receiver Jakeem Grant featured on NFL Network's "Undrafted"". SB Nation. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  17. ^ "Undrafted". NFL Network.

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