Former Bama Standout Terry Grant Forgoes Final Season

c dockensCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Terry Grant #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against 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)
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Breaking news early this morning out of Tuscaloosa. Bama's Terry Grant, the leading rusher from 2007, has elected not to return for a fifth and final season. Grant, who would have been a red shirt senior next season, was looking in from the outside in the crowded Crimsontide backfield, behind 2009 Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram and Freshman phenom Trent Richardson. It is also expected that highly tauted red-shirt freshman Eddie Lacy would take over Roy Upchurch's roll as the third down and change of pace back. 

Despite the fact that Grant had previously graduated, few of the tide faithful predicted his departure. Grant, whose career started off promisingly (180 carries for 891 yards and eight TDs as a redshirt freshman in 2007) has been hampered by injuries for the past two seasons. Durability concerns along with an influx of talent left Grant toward the bottom of the depth chart. If anything, Grant's tenure in Tuscaloosa was one unlike we had seen previously or are likely to see again, from a complete unknown to what appeared to be the next great Bama RB, and a future NFL star, and ending in utter obscurity.

Farewell, Terry from Crimson Nation.