Grant named CFPA Division I FBS National Tight End Performer of the Week
Sept. 19, 2011
Texas Longhorns junior TE D.J. Grant has been selected as the College Football Performance Awards Division I FBS National Tight End Performer of the Week for week three, the CFPA announced on Sunday.
In the Longhorns 49-20 win over UCLA, Grant recorded a career-best three TD receptions on the afternoon. This tied the UT single-game mark for most TD receptions by a tight end (3 by Pat Fitzgerald at Notre Dame; 3 by Pete Lammons vs. Baylor in 1965). Grant also set career highs in receptions (six) and yards (77).
Grant’s first touchdown came in the first quarter on a third and 10 at the UCLA 45 when Grant crossed the field and QB Case McCoy found him wide open for the score that gave Texas the early 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, Grant got behind the UCLA defense for a two-yard touchdown grab to make the score 28-7. Grant’s final touchdown came in the third quarter on a five-yard reverse pass from WR Jaxon Shipley to make it 35-13, Texas.
Grant is a fourth-year player who missed the 2009 and 2010 seasons with a knee injury. He moved from wide receiver to tight end during Fiesta Bowl practice following the 2008 season and gained valuable experience working as a wide receiver and eventually tight end while redshirting in 2008. Grant, from Austin’s LBJ High School, was a prep All-American who was rated the 16th-best overall prospect on ESPNU's top 150 national list. He also was a regional qualifier in the 200 meters and sprint relays as a prepster and is a member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll (Spring 2010).