Grant leads Green Wave with 68 catches for 881 yards and nine touchdowns this season
New Orleans – Tulane senior Ryan Grant has accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl, Saturday, January 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile Ala. Kickoff of the 64th annual event is slated for 3 p.m. CST and will be carried live on the NFL Network.
Grant, a 6-1, 191-pound receiver from Beaumont, Texas, is the 45th Green Wave player to accept an invitation to the event since its inception in 1950. He is the first player and first wide receiver to play in the game since receiver Jeremy Williams last represented Tulane in 2010 and claimed South Offensive MVP honors. Grant is the 37th offensive player and eighth receiver from Tulane to play in the game. Complete rosters for the 2014 game will be posted in January 2014.
This season, Grant leads Tulane in receptions (68), receiving yards (881), touchdowns (9) and is averaging 80.1 yards per game. Among Conference USA’s top receivers, he ranks second for both touchdown receptions and receiving yards and third in both receiving yards per game and receptions per game (6.2). His 2013 numbers rank tied for ninth in touchdown receptions and tied for 10th in catches among TU’s single season leaders.
Grant has played in a key role in helping Tulane to a 7-4 overall record, a 5-2 Conference USA mark and the program’s first bowl appearance in 11 years. He is a member of the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, was named to Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Conference USA First Team and was the College Football Performance Award Honorable Mention Wide Receiver of the Week On Sept. 9.
An All C-USA first team selection last season and preseason all-conference first team selection in 2013, Grant has at least one catch in each of the last 31 games he has played in and multiple-catch outings in his last 17 contests.
He has played in 45 career games with 29 starts, catching 187 passes for 2,611 yards (14.0 avg.) and 21 touchdowns. In Tulane career history, he ranks fifth in receiving yards (2,611) and 100-yard games (11), tied for sixth in touchdown grabs (21) and seventh in catches (187).
In the season opener against Jackson State, he recorded career highs with 14 catches (4th-most in Tulane history) and 187 yards (10th most in Tulane history) and a pair of touchdowns. Last week, he added another two-score day to go with eight catches for 104 yards vs. UTEP on Nov. 23.
Of Tulane’s 44 previous Senior Bowl participants, 36 have been drafted by NFL teams and 34 have gone on to play professional football, including Tulane's last two participants- Matt Forte in 2007 and Troy Kropog in 2008. Forte was a second round draft pick by the Chicago Bears, while Kropog was a fourth-round pick by the Tennessee Titans.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl is a week-long pre-NFL draft event, culminating in a bowl game, played in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. With teams made up of premier collegiate seniors and top NFL draft prospects, the North and South squads are coached entirely by NFL staffs. Also part of the week's events are practices, which are attended by over 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from the 32 National Football League teams.
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