'Hopefully I will knock people out'

It's hard to miss Adam Grant. At 6-7 he is among the tallest, if not the tallest player on the team. The Wildcats have a number of tall tight ends, but the true freshman stands over them.

Grant, a true freshman from Puyallup, WA, is a legit 6-8 and gives the Cats a huge target. He has the frame that can support more than his 265 pounds and some day he could morph into a tackle.

"Coach (Eric) Wolford wants me to become a tackle as soon as possible," Grant noted. "I will do whatever they want for playing time. Coach has been trying to sign me up since they were recruiting me. He tries to get me to eat a lot. If I redshirt I may be moved to tackle by next year."

Right now Grant is working as a tight end and has a shot at seeing playing time. He still has a lot of developing to do, but he is a large target for the quarterbacks and looks like he can be a solid blocker.

"They expect me to come in and make an impact and that is what I want to do," Grant explained. "I have to come out and get to it right away.

"I am coming out there to do my best and show what I can do and play my game."

Grant knew that in order to play early he had to be physically prepared for D-I ball. He came to Tucson to take part in the summer lifting program. The results were staggering as he went from 245 pounds to over 265 pounds.

"I've been in the weight room every day," Grant said. "For the first week and a half I was in there twice a day. I've never spent that much time in there before. I was dying."

He was warned about the program and tried to prepare, but it didn't really help him.

"They told me to get ready," Grant said. "I tried the workout they do when I was home. I was dead."

Grant is getting used to the Wildcat offense. The tight end spot looked to be wide open anyways, but with the injury to Brandyn McCall, things are really unsettled at the spot. He and all of the young tight ends are working hard to grasp the schemes.

"We have a lot of plays," Grant admitted. "We will try to set things up for other people and get open when we can and catch the ball when it is thrown to us."

For now Grant is working hard and trying to impress the coaches. Right now there are only four scholarship tight ends who are healthy, and two are undersized. That essentially leaves Grant and sophomore Ryan Kilpatrick battling it out to be used as the blocking tight end. Although the H-backs will factor into this, there is a shot that Grant could see the field as a true freshman.

"I am excited for the season to start," Grant said. "I've been waiting a long time to get the pads on and start hitting again. We will see how it goes. Hopefully I will knock people out."

E-mail Brad at bradallis@msn.com

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