Memories motivate Grant

Freshman Samajie Grant is expected to contribute this season. Read on to see who motivates him, what he thinks of the transition, and more.

Each football player uses something different for motivation. For freshman Samajie Grant, the memory of his mother acts as the only motivation he needs as he is likely to play plenty this season.

"Being able to play as a freshman makes me happy because I always wanted to play," Grant said. "Before my mom passed away, I wanted to give her a gift and that was me playing football and for her to watch me.

"She won't be here literally, but it means a lot. That is something I take with me all the times. Before the game, I don't talk at all, until it is over probably, because I am thinking about her."

Grant's transition has gone as expected. When Arizona recruited him, it had a need for receivers and Grant appears to help fill that need.

"Everything is pretty much what I expected," Grant said. "I am trying to work as much as possible to play this year. Practices are never easy, the coaches are tough, but it is everything that I expected.

"When they recruited me, they told me I would have a chance to play, but it would not come easy. They were right, because it has not come easy at all."

One factor that has helped in Grant's transition has been the fact that there is a familiar face on the Arizona staff. Recruiting intern Miguel Reveles was the wide receivers coach at Colony High School and received a job before moving to Tucson.

"It's amazing because in high school we were close," Grant said. "He was my position coach in high school and when he got the job at Arizona, he was really happy. It's nice being able to have him on the staff."

Grant is one of numerous members of the freshman class that will contribute right away. He also happens to be one of a handful of underrated players that Arizona will rely on.

"It shows that we all put in work in the summer or we just did not get put out enough," Grant said. "It doesn't matter though, it is about college right now."

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