Grandon not looking at past

Jourdon Grandon realizes he is behind because he missed the spring, but is working hard to reocver. Read on to see how he is doing that, what his expectations are, and more.

Learning a new offense or defense is never easy for incoming freshmen. It may be even more difficult for returning players who are used to a previous scheme.

That makes life even more difficult for Jourdan Grandon, who is practicing for the first time under Rich Rodriguez and Jeff Casteel this fall.

Grandon missed all of the spring workouts with legal issues as he was charged with first-degree criminal trespassing.

Those charges were later dropped and now, with the fall semester just days away, Grandon is trying to put the spring behind him and focus on the fall.

"It's all in the past right now," he said. "I'm glad that it worked out the way that it did and I'm just ready to move on and look to the future."

The sophomore is getting his first look at the new defense and trying to learn quickly by getting a few practices under his belt.

"Things are going good so far and I'm still new because I didn't practice in the spring, but everything is really fast," he said. "You don't have any time to think. You just go and play.

"It's just a lot faster than last year's defense. It's mostly the same calls because there are only so many coverages you can run in football. It's just a matter of me getting used to the defense and working on it."

One of the biggest adjustments that Grandon has had to deal with is the speed. It isn't quite the shock that the players got in the spring, but there is still an adjustment period for him.

"The pace is just so much faster," he said. "Before, last year, we would stand around and talk between plays. Now, it's just go, go, go and talk during film session."

Even having missed the spring, Grandon's transition has been helped by workouts that he participated in during the summer.

"We worked really hard as a team in the offseason, especially over the summer," Grandon said. "This is what we prepared for over the whole summer and we're moving well. We are all in pretty good shape right now.

"Not practicing in the spring hurt me mentally and physically. You get a bit rusty without practicing for a while. Mentally, you start second guessing yourself and making mistakes. That was fifteen practices I missed, so I needed to work extra hard this summer."

Throughout the process of getting his legal issues resolved, the cornerback never felt separated from the team or the coaches.

"I still hung out with my teammates and we all went to our coach's house," Grandon said. "No one treated me any differently. I'm still part of the team. We've talked and everything else is in the past now."

Going forward, Grandon is looking forward to getting back on the field and helping his team be successful.

"I'm just wanting to work together and get above .500," Grandon said. "I just want to win most of our games and, hopefully, make it to the Rose Bowl."

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