Jakeem Grant has opened his senior campaign at Texas Tech (2-0) in impressive fashion.
The diminutive speedster has truly become a threat to score every time he touches the ball and has already found the promised land in a variety of ways.
He opened the season by scoring on the ground from three yards out and on a highlight reel kickoff return which saw him spin out of a tackle, reverse field and outrace all opponents to the end zone en route to earning Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He also caught six passes for 71 yards in Tech's 59-45 victory over Sam Houston State.
Grant followed up that effort with seven grabs for 141 yards and an electric 60-yard touchdown catch on Saturday in the Red Raiders 69-20 win over UTEP. Grant said after the game he was most excited how the team showed the killer instinct and put the Miners away.
"It felt great, I loved it that we came in and just kept our foot on their throat," Grant said. "We wanted to score 100 points. We didn't score 100, but that's what we wanted to do."
Through two games Grant leads Texas Tech in catches (13) and receiving yards (212) and is tied with receiver Devin Lauderdale for second in scoring with 18 points behind kicker Michael Barden, who has contributed 20 points on a pair of field goals and 14 extra points.
Grant credits a lot of his success early this season to quarterback Patrick Mahomes spreading the ball to multiple targets.
"I take my hat off to Pat, you know he was spreading the ball around," Grant said. "The defense didn't know where the ball was goung next. They probably thought it was going to me, but no, he threw it to Reggie (Davis) for six, he threw it to Lauderdale for six and threw it to Ian (Sadler). So it was just the accumulation of spreading the ball around and getting other guys involved."
Up next is a matchup with Arkansas (1-1) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville (Ark.).