Grant Shines

By almost everyone's standards, Alabama freshman running back Terry Grant had a great day. The way Grant saw it, "It was just one day." Grant was one of the offensive stars–and ceertainly the most unexpected star–as the Crimson Tide held its first scrimmage of fall camp at Bryant-Denny Stadium Monday.

Terry Grant is among the smallest men on Alabama's football team, but the freshman from Lumberton, Mississippi, packs a lot of power on his 5-9 frame. The 185-pounder had touchdown runs of 50 and 46 yards on outside runs, then finished the day with a six-yard touchdown run.

He had 13 runs for 148 yards.

Grant said he thought it was important to get off to a good start in his first scrimmage. "I think it's important for everyone," he said. "It was a big thing for a freshman. But it isn't about me. It's about the team.

"He is very, very fast," Bama Coach Mike Shula said following the 116-play scrimmage. "He's got a strong lower body for his size and he broke a couple of tackles, too."

Shula noted that he had a good day running Monday. "He hadn't had a lot of opportunities before today," the coach said.

Alabama has very good depth at running back with the top three returning from last year–Kenneth Darby, Glen Coffee, and Jimmy Johns–and Roy Upchurch having had a good spring. Coffee had off-season surgery and had probably fallen down the depth chart a bit. And early in Monday's scrimmage he suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

Grant said he didn't expect to get as much work as he did. "I expected those guys who were ahead of me to get the carries," Grant said.

Grant doesn't know what the future holds. "I work hard and what happens happens," he said. "It's hard learning all the assignments. I'm still learning and working, but I've got a long way to go. I'm still a young back."

Grant showed some maturity when he met the very large press contingent for the first time. Almost before anyone could ask a question, the young halfback said, "The key was that my linemen really blocked for me. We've got some good linemen."

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