Monday, July 1, 2013
Crimson Countdown: TE Sam Grant
By Brandon Chatmon
During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.
No. 81 Sam Grant Tight end, 6-foot-7, 250 pounds, redshirt freshman
From No. 1 Kendal Thompson to No. 99 Chaz Nelson, SoonerNation is evaluating the Oklahoma roster numerically. View the entire Crimson Countdown series.
Impact thus far: After redshirting during his first semester on campus, Grant has not made an impact for the Sooners. He did impress with his toughness and blocking ability during his redshirt season and continued to impress during the spring, carving himself a role in OU’s short-yardage packages.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Grant becomes the Sooners’ primary tight end in blocking situations and shows enough to make some plays in the play-action passing game. New tight end coach Jay Boulware likes Grant’s toughness and aggressiveness so expect him to secure some kind of role in the offense, even if he doesn’t become a factor in the passing game.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Grant struggles to produce when the actual games begin. He seems poised to make an impact so if he doesn’t, it would be a disappointing scenario for himself and the Sooners offense.
SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Grant: B. If Grant had already started producing on the field, this would be an A. He was a three-star prospect yet seems ready to be an impact player as a redshirt freshman.
SoonerNation’s development grade for Grant: A. Redshirting Grant was probably the best thing for him, and OU as he’s gained added weight and gotten used to the demands of the tight end position in the Big 12 during his redshirt season. Forcing him on the field as a true freshman wouldn’t have done much, particularly as the offense transformed into a four-receiver attack in 2012.