WR Kelvin Grant
Kelvin Grant was All-American by SuperPrep, USA Today, and Tom Lemming. He was also an all-state, all-region, and all-area both his junior and senior seasons. He caught 59 passes for 1,184 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. Grant redshirted his freshman year at Clemson and caught 12 passes last season.
As a redshirt freshman last season, Grant caught 12 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in limited action. As a starter this season, he's expected to fulfill in a much larger role. In addition, with the losses of Derrick Hamilton, Kevin Youngblood, and Tony Elliott, his overall production should soar.
"I'm real pleased with the play of the receivers," said Tommy Bowden. "Kelvin has been our most consistent receiver this spring. Chansi adds a look out there that is kind of unique. Curtis Baham, Airese Currie, Michael Collins- that's a solid group of guys."
Grant has been the center of controversy since arriving at Clemson, enduring through several off-the-field problems that have hampered his development. This spring, he was forced to sit out most of the Orange & White game as a result of disciplinary action handed down by head coach Tommy Bowden. Bowden said afterwards that Grant would essentially start with a clean slate this fall.
"I believe I'm going to fill for Youngblood, but I think I'm going to be more of a deep threat," said Grant in an interview this spring. "If I get my hands on the ball I'm going to score a touchdown. Our squad this year, everybody's got their own little unique thing that they bring to the table. Airese- it's speed, Chansi- what he does after he catches the ball, and me, I'm just out there catching everything."
In the estimation of many people that follow the Clemson football program the closest; Kelvin Grant is the most talented wide receiver on the roster. His off-the-field problems have been well documented, however most of those seem to be behind him. His understanding of the offense has increased 10-fold in the last year, as has his overall effort in all aspects of the game. Whether it's downfield blocking, catching the jump ball, or running crisp routes, Grant has stepped up his game in a major way and that should pay big dividends for the offense this fall.