Ryan Grant will take the field for the final time as a collegian on Saturday the the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl.
Jan. 24, 2014
New Orleans - Tulane senior receiver Ryan Grant will represent the Green Wave football team one final time as a collegiate when he takes the field for the South Team at the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl this Saturday, Jan. 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile Ala. Kickoff of the 64th annual event is slated for 3 p.m. CST and will be carried live on the NFL Network.
After a week of practice and preparation in front of NFL personnel from all 32 teams, Grant will display his talents among a collection of the top college seniors in the nation.
Grant is the 45th Green Wave player to participate in the event since its inception in 1950. He is the first player and first wide receiver to play in the game since receiver Jeremy Williams last represented Tulane in 2010 and claimed South Offensive MVP honors. Grant is the 37th offensive player and eighth receiver from Tulane to play in the game.
Of Tulane's 44 previous Senior Bowl participants, 36 have been drafted by NFL teams and 34 have gone on to play professional football, including Matt Forte in 2007 and Troy Kropog in 2008. Forte was a second round draft pick by the Chicago Bears, while Kropog was a fourth-round pick by the Tennessee Titans.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Grant started 31 of 47 career games and completed his career with 196 receptions for 2,769 yards (14.13 avg.) and 21 touchdowns. In the Tulane career record book, he finished in fifth-place all alone with most career receptions in school history, fifth in career receiving yards with 2,769, moved to third in 100-yard games (12), tied for sixth in touchdown receptions (21) and tenth in yards per reception (14.13 avg.).
This past season, he helped lead the Green Wave to a 7-6 overall record and to a berth in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. He started 12 of 13 contests and earned Conference USA first team honors for the second straight season after leading the team in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,039), receiving touchdowns (9), all-purpose yards (1,039) and he ranked third on the team in points (54). He logged three 100-plus yards receiving games and finished with a career-best 14 receptions for 187 yards and added two touchdowns in the season opener against Jackson State.
Grant caught at least one pass in his final 33 games and produced multiple catch outings in his final 18 contests. Along with his 2013 receiving total, he also finished with 1,149 yards in 2012 and became the first Tulane player to record consecutive 1,000-yard seasons since All-American Marc Zeno pulled off the feat three straight times from 1985-87.