December 28, 2013

The Unheralded, Pt. 2



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AUBURN | We spent some time Friday reviewing several players and/or groups who aren't exactly bathing in the limelight yet have contributed significantly to the Tigers' 2013 season.


We revealed Nos. 6 though 10 at that point.


Today, the examination resumes with the top five.


5. Corey Grant, junior tailback: Some outside observers view Grant, a four-star prospect out of high school, as something of a college disappointment. That's unfair. Grant has remarkable straight-line acceleration and top-end speed, which makes him a perfect choice in the speed sweep role.

     He has thrived with the ball in his hands this season, averaging 10 yards per carry (650 yards on 65 carries) and adding six touchdowns to the Tigers' ground-game dominance. Even when Grant doesn't get the ball, ends and rolled-up defensive backs often cheat outside to maintain leverage on him. That creates bigger gaps for inside runs. Auburn's run game would suffer without Grant; the locker room would be weaker without him as well.

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