27  Michael Grandberry
Michael Grandberry


Covington, TN

High School:
Covington HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 172

Defensive Back



Career Summary: Holds school records in career kickoff returns (112) and KO return yards (2,401)...Only the 4th Tiger in school history to amass more than 1,000 career return yards, and is only Tiger to ever log 1,000 yards in a single season...Holds UM record with nine games of 100-plus yards on returns...Returned kicks in 31 of his 47 career games...Ranked 2nd in C-USA in career returns and 3rd in yardage...Posted first 100-yd return game against UCF (138) in `06...Also logged 118 yards on two returns against UTEP that season...Posted six 100-yd games in `07 vs. UCF (8/160), ASU (7/111), Tulane (4/124), USM (6/168), SMU (7/145) and FAU (8/153)...Holds UM single-game records with eight returns versus UCF and FAU, and with 168 yds against USM...Owns UM season records with 59 returns in `07 and with 1,286 yds that same season...Finished career with 78 tackles and eight PBUs after making transition from WR to DB in Oct. `06...Posted interceptions in `08 against Rice and Tulane.

2008 Highlights: Played in all 13 games with six starts at corner...Started against Ole Miss, Rice, SMU, UCF, Tulane and in the bowl game versus USF...Finished season ranked 2nd in nation among active career leaders in KO returns (112), 6th in KO return yds (2,401) and 14th in KO returns/game (2.4)...Tied for 2nd on team in PBUs (4), and led team in interceptions with two...Against Rice, led team and matched career highs with 9 tackles, including a career-record 8 solos...Made first career INT on a ball thrown by Chase Clement in 3rd quarter at the Memphis 30 that resulted in a Tiger TD...Had his ninth 100-yard kickoff return game with 121 yds on seven carries...Started at corner against UCF and had eight tackles, including a career-best four assists...Also played on special teams and had a tackle on the kick coverage team...Started at corner versus Tulane and had four tackles, a forced fumble and an interception...Intercepted a Kevin Moore pass in the first quarter at the Memphis 31 with the Tigers scoring on the ensuing drive...Forced a fumble on a Tiger kickoff that was recovered by Tulane...Tallied four tackles, all of which were solo stops in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Honors:Received a Spring MVP Award at the `08 Blue-Gray Game...Recipient of the Special Team Player of the Year Award at `07 banquet...Was an honorable mention All-C-USA pick following the `07 season...Named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week following `06 UTEP game...Received one of the Chris Faros Most Improved Awards prior to `06 spring game.

Career Highlights: Heading into the 2008 season, holds U of M school records in career kickoff returns (81) and kickoff return yards (1,826)...Is only the fourth Tiger in school history to amass more than 1,000 career return yards and is the only Tiger to ever log 1,000 yards in a single season...Holds U of M record with eight games of 100-plus yards on returns...Also holds U of M single-season records in returns (59) and yards (1,286) in 2007...Set single-game records in 2007 with eight returns versus UCF and Florida Atlantic, and with his 168-yard effort versus Southern Miss...Has returned kicks in 22 of his 34 career games played...Enters the 2008 season ranked ninth in Conference USA in both career returns and yardage.

2007: Totaled six games of 100-plus kickoff return yards as a junior...Handled all but 10 of the Tigers' kick returns in 2007...Set Conference USA and U of M records with 59 returns and 1,286 total yards...Opened the season with four returns for 93 yards against Ole Miss...Had a long return of 48 yards versus the Rebels...Drew a face mask penalty on his 48-yard return to give the Tigers prime field position at the Ole Miss 38-yard line...Credited with one tackle and one kick return for 21 yards versus Jacksonville State...Tied a school record with eight returns (tied for third in C-USA history) against UCF for 160 yards...The eight returns was also a season-high mark for all Conference USA players in 2007...Had his second consecutive 100-yard game with 111 yards on seven returns against Arkansas State...Held below 85 yards in the next three ballgames...Logged his first career fumble recovery on a Middle Tennessee punt return...Registered a two-yard return on his recovery in the second quarter...Returned four kicks for 124 yards against Tulane with a season high 50-yard return...Also logged two solo tackles on Memphis kickoffs against the Green Wave...Set a school record with 168 return yards on six attempts against Southern Miss and returned his second 50-yarder of the season...Registered another back-to-back 100-yard effort with 145 yards on seven returns versus SMU in the regular-season finale and 153 yards on eight returns in the New Orleans Bowl versus Florida Atlantic...Ended the season with 32 returns for 20 or more yards, which also include four for 40-plus yards and two returns of 50 yards...Credited with 10 tackles on the season, all of which were solo stops...Had a productive spring session and is expected to see additional game action in the Tiger secondary.

2006: Kick return specialist who played all 12 games as a sophomore... Totaled 10 kick-off returns of 20 or more yards, including a season-long return of 61 yards against UCF...Opened the season with three returns for 50 yards against Ole Miss...Had a long return of 27 yards against the Rebels...Recorded one return in the Tennessee, UAB and Marshall contests, all three of which were for more than 20 yards...Tallied 94 yards on three returns versus USM...Had a long returns of 47 and 34 yards against the Golden Eagles...Logged a season-best six returns against UCF, hitting the century mark for the first time...Totaled 138 yards against the Golden Knights, with a long of 61 yards...Rolled off 44 yards on four returns against Houston...Totaled 118 yards on two returns in the season finale against UTEP...Was named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his runs of 60 yards and 58 yards against the Miners...Ended the year with 21 returns for 517 yards...Was a wide receiver who transitioned to defensive back in October...Increased defensive playing time midway through the season and registered six tackles against Southern Miss...Had three tackles and a pass breakup versus UCF...Was credited with a forced fumble against C-USA champion Houston...Forced the Cougars to cough up the ball on its last drive in regulation with the score tied at 20...The fumble, which was recovered by Jake Kasser, led to Memphis starting its drive on the UH 32-yard line with 43 seconds remaining on the clock...Also registered three tackles against Houston, all of which were solo stops...Made his first collegiate start and finished out the season with a season-high nine tackles against UTEP.

2005: Lettered during the 2005 season working primarily as a member of the Tiger special teams unit...One of just six true freshmen to see action during the 2005 campaign...Logged playing time in nine of the 12 games last season...Had one kickoff return for 23 yards in the Houston game...Credited with six tackles, all of which were solo stops, during the 2005 campaign as a member of the Tiger kick cover teams...Had a season-high two tackles against Southern Miss and Marshall...Also logged tackles against Houston and UAB.

Honors: Was presented an MVP Award at the 2008 Blue-Gray Game for his efforts during spring practice...Recipient of the Special Team Player of the Year Award at the team's 2007 postseason banquet...Was an honorable mention All-Conference USA pick following the 2007 season...Named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week following the 2006 UTEP game...Selected as one of the recipients of the Chris Faros Most Improved Award prior to the 2006 Blue-Gray Game.

Prep: Lettered at running back for Covington High in 2003 ... Had 134 carries for 1,028 yards and 18 touchdowns in the regular season and added 477 yards and six touchdowns in the state playoff games ... Had 16 pass receptions for 140 yards in 2003 ... Averaged 28.0 yards per kickoff return and had one return for 100 yards in 2003 ... Credited with two pass interceptions as a defensive back and returned the two interceptions for 114 yards and one score ... Rushed the ball 21 times for 124 yards and one touchdown in the Ripley game in 2003 ... Scored three touchdowns in Covington's win over Dyer County HS ... Finished the game with 105 yards rushing ... Helped Covington to the state championship game in Murfreesboro ... Was named to the honorable mention Associated Press All-State team in 2003 ... Named to the 2003 Tennessee Football Coaches Association 3-A All-State team ... Ranked 30th in Shelby-Metro in 2002 in rushing with 147 carries for 762 yards and five touchdowns ... Averaged 5.2 yards per attempt ... Led Region 8-3A in scoring with 112 points on 18 touchdowns and two extra points ... Credited with 31 solo tackles, eight assists, six pass interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 2002 ... Averaged 9.3 points per game which ranked eighth in Shelby-Metro ... Was ranked 31st in Shelby-Metro in all-purpose yardage with 1,200 for an average of 100.0 yards per game ... Had two-year (`02-'03) rushing totals of 281 carries for 2,267 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Personal: Michael Antwon Grandberry is the son of Debbie Davis....Born November 27, 1985, in Covington, Tenn.

Grandberry Career Highs Most Tackles: 9 vs. UTEP (`06) Most Solo Tackles: 6 vs. UTEP (`06) Most Assisted Tackles: 3 vs. UTEP (`06) Most Kickoff Returns: 8 vs. UCF & Florida Atlantic (`07) Most Kickoff Return Yards: 168 vs. Southern Miss (`07) Longest Kickoff Return: 61 vs. UCF (`06)

Grandberry's Career Defensive Statistics
2005 9/0 6 0 6 0 0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
2006 12/1 20 8 28 2 0-0 1 0-0 0-0 0-0
2007 13/0 10 0 10 0 1-2 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
2008 13/6 24 10 34 6 0-0 1 0-0 0-0 2-0
Total 47/7 60 18 78 8 1-2 2 0-0 0-0 2-0

Grandberry's Career Defensive Statistics
2005 9 1 23 23.0 0 23
2006 12 21 517 24.6 0 61
2007 13 59 1,286 21.8 0 50
2008 13 31 575 18.5 0 34
Total 47 112 2,401 21.4 0 61

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