Janarion Grant will return to Rutgers for fifth season
Janarion Grant’s returns always provide a big lift for Rutgers.
This one, however, is his biggest yet.
The Scarlet Knights senior receiver/return specialist announced on Instagram that he’ll hold off on the NFL because he was granted a medical redshirt by the B1G:
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— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) January 17, 2017
Grant suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Iowa, which put his Rutgers future in doubt. It was the fourth game of the season, which made him questionable for the 30-percent participation threshold for medical redshirts.
With that injury still lingering, Grant’s NFL prospects likely would’ve been hurt without a medical redshirt.
Instead, Grant will return to Rutgers and provide a major boost as the top playmaker in new offensive coordinator Jerry Kill’s offense.
As the team’s primary offensive option in 2016, he had 138 yards and three touchdowns rushing and 210 yards receiving in just three-and-a-half games. Grant is already tied for the NCAA record of eight combined punt return and kickoff return touchdowns.
If he can return to full strength, the fifth-year speedster will have favorable odds to break that record.