TSWA honors senior linebacker for last Saturday's performance
Career Summary:Lettered four seasons for the Tigers, seeing action in 45 career contests...Closed out his career with 157 total tackles, including 6.5 TFL for minus 20 yards...Logged 11 pass breakups at linebacker and registered four fumble recoveries and two interceptions during his career...Had his most productive season as a junior, totaling 81 tackles, including 37 solo stops...Logged fumble recoveries against Marshall and UTEP in both 2005 and 2006...Credited with 10 or more tackles in three career games... Logged his first career interception against East Carolina in 2006 when he picked off James Pinkney at the Memphis 45-yard line and returned the ball five yards...Picked off his second pass of the year against ASU...Intercepted Corey Leonard on 3rd-and-14 at the Memphis 15-yard line to halt the Indians' drive...Logged a 13-yard return on the pick.
2006: Participated in all 12 games as a junior and made 10 starts at middle linebacker...Opened the season with 10 tackles against Ole Miss...Credited with six solo stops against the Rebels...Recorded six tackles versus Chattanooga and five against East Carolina...Logged his first career interception against the Pirates when he picked off James Pinkney at the Memphis 45-yard line and returned the ball five yards...Also credited with a sack of Pinkney on 3rd-and-7 for a loss of eight yards in the first quarter that forced an ECU punt...Totaled six tackles, including five solo stops, against UAB...Registered a pass breakup in the meeting with the Blazers...Tallied nine tackles against Arkansas State, Marshall and UCF...Picked off his second pass of the year against ASU...Intercepted Corey Leonard on 3rd-and-14 at the Memphis 15-yard line to halt the Indians' drive...Logged a 13-yard return on the pick...Credited with a fumble recovery and a pass breakup against Marshall...Hit his career best for the second time in 2006, registering 10 tackles versus Houston...Had a strong showing in the win over UTEP with seven tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery...Recovered a fumble forced by Wesley Smith and returned the ball nine yards to the UTEP 31-yard line...Miner turnover led to a 42-yard field goal by Matt Reagan...Recorded five or more tackles in nine of the 12 games in 2006.
2005: Saw his first action of the season against Chattanooga...Logged time on special teams and at linebacker...Credited with his first tackle of the season in the win over Chattanooga...Played on the Tiger special teams in the Tulsa contest...Registered his first career start in the upset win over UTEP...Logged three solo tackles, one tackle for lost yardage and his first career fumble recovery against the Miners...Fumble recovery came deep in Tiger territory and stopped a possible Miner scoring drive...Started the game at linebacker, and was credited with a career-high seven tackles and three blocked passes in the win over Houston...Tallied three stops in the East Carolina contest and had four tackles versus UAB...Started the UAB game, but did not play in the Tennessee game...Credited with one special teams tackle in the Southern Miss contest...Returned one game later to total five tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery against Marshall...Started the final two games of the season against Marshall and Akron...Equaled his previous career best with seven tackles against Akron in the Motor City Bowl...Also sacked Akron quarterback Luke Getsy for his second career sack...Finished the season with 32 tackles, one sack, two fumble recoveries and four pass breakups.
2004: One of just five true freshmen to see action for the Tigers...Played in 11 of 12 games in 2004...Was a major factor in Memphis' special teams unit...Saw action on return teams in the win over Ole Miss...Worked as a special teams member and as a linebacker in the Tigers' victory over Chattanooga...Credited with one tackle in the road victory over Arkansas State...Saw duty at linebacker in the Memphis win over Tulane...Recorded his first collegiate sack against the Green Wave...Was credited with two tackles from the linebacker position against Cincinnati...Had one tackle in the nationally-televised Louisville game...Saw special teams duty against Southern Miss...Served as member of the Tigers' kick-cover teams in the USF game...Also a member of the special teams unit in the GMAC Bowl...Completed his freshman season with five tackles and one quarterback sack.
Prep: Played linebacker and running back at Starkville High under Coach Ronnie Cuevas...Set the SHS record for tackles in a single season with 178 in 2003...Was a first-team Mississippi Association of Coaches All-State selection as a senior...Was Region 1-5A Defensive Co-MVP in 2003...Was named to The Clarion-Ledger All-State squad...Was a three-time all-area and all-region honoree...Recorded 23 tackles in 2002 against Southaven High...Recorded 98 solo tackles, nine tackles for lost yardage, two quarterback sacks, four pass interceptions and two fumble recoveries en route to his record-setting 2003 season...Ended his career with 425 tackles, eight interceptions, 21 sacks and 36 TFLs...Also lettered in baseball.
Personal: Michael Heath Grant is the son of Mike and Betty Grant...Born October 19, 1985 in Oxford, Miss.
GRANT'S STATISTICS Tackles G/S UT AT Tot. FR Int TFL Sack 2004 11/0 3 2 5 0 0-0 0.5-2 1-2 2005 10/5 17 15 32 2 0-0 2.0-7 1-5 2006 12/10 37 44 81 2-9 2-18 2.5-9 1-8 2007 12/4 21 18 39 0 0-0 1.5-2 0-0
Total 45/19 78 79 157 4 2-18 6.5-20 2.5-15