Grant Takes Things In Stride

Alabama freshman tailback Terry Grant seemed surprised. No, not by the fact that he had been chosen the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, making it three out of three for Grant. He was surprised at the question.

"Not at all," Terry Grant said when asked if he was disappointed that Alabama did not call a play for him to score on the Crimson Tide's first offensive play of the game against Arkansas Saturday.

The question was in jest, of course. But Grant had scored on the first Bama offensive plays in the first two games of the year. And as in those two games, Grant was selected as winner of the SEC award for top freshman.

The 5-10, 188-pound tailback from Lumberton, Miss., said, "Like I've been saying every week, hard work pays off. "

Grant rushed for 96 yards on 20 carries in Alabama's 41-38 win against Arkansas. That was most of the Tide's 123 rushing yards against the Razorbacks. His 39-yard run on third-and-one in the first quarter set up Alabama's second touchdown.

Grant is second in the SEC with 134.3 yards per game rushing. He has five rushing touchdowns, but didn't have one against the Razorbacks.

Grant said, "We have been preparing well. We have done a great job to get to where we are right now. You can tell all of us are in pretty good shape. Going into the fourth quarter, we are doing a good job of not showing people that we are sweating and going in there and playing like we are supposed to play."

Grant said Saturday night's win and being undefeated were exciting for the players.

He said, "We are real excited. Most of the guys are excited. We have the confidence that we need. We have mature guys that know how to keep it 24 hours like Coach Saban told us to do. We have to come back in here and focus on Georgia instead of Arkansas."

And what did Grant do in the 24 hours he had to celebrate after the game?

"I went home and went to bed," he said. Grant said that it takes his body "until about Wednesday" to recover from a game.

Grant said that a key to success is staying focused. For instance, he doesn't pay much attention to other college football teams. As for ESPN having its "College Gameday" crew in Tuscaloosa Saturday, he pointed towards Alabama's practice field and said, "My job's out there. I don't worry about the things that go around it. If you get caught up in the hype, that's when you make mistakes."

Alabama will host Georgia at 6:45 p.m. CDT Saturday, a game that will be telecast by ESPN.

Two men were particularly impressive to Grant in Bama's win over Arkansas. He said that quarterback John Parker Wilson "kept everyone focused. He will do what it takes to win. The pressure is on his back as the quarterback at Alabama and you saw how he handled it Saturday night. He stayed calm, kept his cool."

And the other man was Coach Nick Saban. "Coach Saban keeps us calm," Grant said.

Grant said, "We are beginning to be able to see how good we can be, but we have to continue to work hard."

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