Rutgers to petition NCAA for fifth-year of eligibility for Janarion Grant
Chris Ash isn’t going to allow a season-ending ankle injury end Janarion Grant’s career at Rutgers without a fight.
On Monday, Ash announced that school officials would “submit the necessary documents to try to petition for” a medical redshirt. Grant, a senior has played in all 42 games for the Scarlet Knights since arriving in Piscataway in 2013, mostly as a special teams player.
Grant appears to have surpassed the requirements to receive a medical hardship waiver and receive an added year of eligibility. According to the NCAA, the player cannot exceed playing time in more than 30 percent of the season in order to be considered for a medical hardship waiver. Grant has played in all four games this season.
But Ash doesn’t want to at least give this a shot.
“You see it all the time in college football. Some people get it, some people don’t,” Ash said. “You’re never really sure.”
A similar situation occurred last season with Iowa defensive end Drew Ott.
Ott competed in six contests in his final season before suffering a knee injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the year. After an extensive review process, Ott was eventually denied the hardship waiver.
Though nobody truly knows what will happen with the NCAA and its wishy-washy guidelines, Grant’s petition would likely be denied by the NCAA like Ott’s was a season ago.
Grant was a second-team All-B1G player, Rutgers’ all-time leader in kick return yardage and was named the B1G Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff 84 yards for a TD and totaling 248 all-purpose yards in the Week 2 win over Howard.
He also had a punt return for a TD and was averaging over 32 yards per kick return on the season.
The odds may be slim, but you can’t blame Ash for trying to get another year of eligibility for such a difference-maker.