Sophomore wide receiver Jakeem Grant is just 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds, but don't let his size fool you.
"He makes plays that are unbelievable," tight end Jace Amaro said. "I've never seen a guy back up and juke somebody at the same time. He's an incredible player and he brings a lot to the table for us."
Grant's talent has really been on display in 2013, but he had a few shining moments in 2012, too. One of those moments came in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas when he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.
Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury said he plans on feeding Grant the ball.
"Anytime we can get the ball in his hands something good seems to happen," Kingsbury said. "So we have to continue to do that."
This season Grant is averaging 65.7 receiving yards per game with a long of 51 yards. Grant averages 13.1 yards per reception. If those totals weren't high enough, the ankle-breaker is averaging 98 all-purpose yards per game.
Grant caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown against Iowa State on Saturday. That was before leaving the game after bouncing his head against the turf diving for a pass.
Kingsbury confirmed Saturday that he was laughing with teammates after the game. Grant was dressed for practice Monday in his white jersey with the number 11 across his chest, but Amaro said he did not just injure his head.
"He was really banged up," Amaro said. "It wasn't just his head. He has a pulled hamstring and stuff like that."
Grant is quickly becoming one of the most elusive players in the Big 12, which makes him a perfect compliment to Amaro. They both play inside receiver, usually on opposite sides of the formation. Grant is elusive in space, capable of taking a short pass the distance, while Amaro, at 6-5, 260, is a huge target and safety blanket for the quarterbacks.
"If he was a little bigger, I'd say [he compares to former Texas Tech receiver] Nehemiah Glover," Texas Tech c0-0ffensive coordinator Sonnie Cumbie said. "But the dream is his own little dude. He brings plenty of pop and plenty of energy."
Jakeem The Dream
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