Shoemaker, the only scholarship punter on the roster, beat out walk-on freshman Patrick Tatum of Sylvania, Ala. He also held off a charge from Wes Byrum, who got a look at punter while Shoemaker was sidelined with a strained groin.
"His average was better, his operation time and his hang middles--we charted those and those type of situations--his were better," Gran says. "The decision, I am not going to say was easy, but it all presented itself with the numbers."
Shoemaker missed a week of camp, but came back on Tuesday and won the job. He says he got a text message from Gran at 11 a.m. telling him that he would handle the punting duties.
"It feels awesome," Shoemaker says of the announcement. "Coming off that injury it's been a long road. It felt like a long week. But the guys in the training room did a heck of a job getting me through countless hours of rehab every day. I went back out there and hit the ball really well. I'm looking forward to the challenge. I can't wait."
He adds that he's already back to 100 percent.
"I didn't think it was that bad at first, but they held me out of practice for a few days and I started getting worried a little bit. Overall, it was, `When can I get back? When can I get back?' We stayed in that training room for hours doing rehab."
The job will be open for competition if there is another injury or a lack of production, but Shoemaker will be working with the ones as the Tigers attempt to fine tune the special teams in the next two weeks.