When it comes to being dependable many University of Louisville football fans may think of DeVante Parker making a catch in the end zone or James Burgess wrapping up an open field tackle.Few people would think of senior Grant Donovan.
But the 6-foot-1, 220 pound Donovan has been perhaps the most dependable player on the team for three years. Donovan is the long snapper.
He has handled the bulk of the long snapping duties since his redshirt freshman season and is considered one of the most valuable special teams players. He’s also a self-proclaimed “perfectionist.”
“I don’t accept not giving my best because I’m not allowed to be off by a little bit,” said Donovan who in his time at Louisville has played in 39 games with a perfect snapping record. “I have to be prefect every time.”
Donovan’s snapping record dates back to his playing days at Male High School where during his junior and senior season he had zero bad snaps.
The dependable long-snapper does not take that record for granted, as he is always looking for ways to improve his game.
“My weight has gone way up, which has helped me with my strength, and I’ve been able to obviously add a lot of speed to my snaps,” he said.
His perfectionist attitude stems from a long line of great coaching he has had since high school where he played for coach Bob Redman, who is also known as father of former Louisville quarterback Chris Redman, former U of L coach Charlie Strong and now new U of L coach Bobby Petrino.
Donovan strives not only to achieve perfection on the field, but in the classroom as well. Last year he was the recipient of the Academic Award for posting the team’s highest grade point average.
With the new season upon us, Donovan will work to keep his record intact. He’s hoping to finish his career with U of L on a perfect note.
”I just try to do my best to help the team win,” he said.