Rutgers wide receiver and return specialist Janarion Grant hauled in a 76-yard pass during the second quarter versus Iowa, but was injured on the tackle. The senior hobbled off the field favoring his right ankle before being shipped to the locker room.
The Scarlet Knights wallow in the bottom of the Big Ten pecking order; to call this injury detrimental to the team would be a sheer understatement.
The straw that stirs the Rutgers drink has been a versatile piece to both the offense and special teams unit throughout his tenure as a Scarlet Knight. Grant, last season, finished second in the Big Ten with 1,583 all-purpose yards (984 kick returns, 352 receiving, 167 punt returns, 80 rushing). As a sophomore in 2014, he finished second in single-season school history with 910 kick return yards, 38 short of the record.
“When you’ve got that guy back there, it makes the rest of the units better because they know it only takes one block to spring him and they want to have that block,” head coach Chris Ash told NJ.com.
Grant can hold his own on the outside, has proven his capacity in the return game, and isn’t shy in taking snaps out of the Wildcat formation. But last weekend, he rounded out his versatility when he threw a 21-yard touchdown pass.
Grant has already earned praise this season by being named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week during Week 2. A team that needs that as much help as it can get will hope that Grant can make it back relatively soon.