Put Me In Coach: The Future Of Terry Grant

Eric MariottContributor IAugust 15, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Running back Terry Grant #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to avoid a tackle by Asher Allen #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Remember 2007 when a freshman from Lumberton, MS rushed for 891 yards on 180 carries? 

Remember 2008 when a sophomore from Lumberton, MS rushed for 88 yards on 35 carries

What a difference a recruiting year makes.  What is going to happen with Terry Grant in 2009 for the Alabama Crimson Tide? 

After looking at last year's stellar performance by freshman All-SEC running back Mark Ingram, and the influx of a heavy running back stable that also includes Roy Upchurch and Jeramie Griffin and recruiting phenom Trent Richardson, it looks like Grant will have little to no time at running back this year. 

Tight end is also covered, a position that Grant could possibly play with his pass catching skills. The depth chart is 3 deep there also, with Colin Peek and Chris Underwood to handle most of the work there. 

Kudos to Coach Saban.  A lot of talent and now nowhere to put a proven performer.  What a fantastic problem to have. Granted, Ingram and Upchurch both fit the profile that Coach Saban prefers more.  Saban prefers running backs that are taller than 5-10 and over 200 lbs.  Grant, being 5-9/190lbs is a little smaller than the others and perhaps does not fit the profile that Saban is looking for. 

Grant did the most damage for the Tide last year on special teams, recording a few tackles.  Perhaps this is where he will see some action in 2009. 

Again, a good problem for Alabama, but bad for Terry Grant.  One wonders where he will fit in the talent pool over the next two seasons as the Alabama juggernaut continues its quest for a 13th National Championship.