The Texas Tech Red Raiders will have a new look in 2013 with first year head coach Kliff Kingsbury taking over. The former Tech quarterback will likely look to open things up offensively in Lubbock. To do that, look for wide receiver Jakeem Grant to have a breakout season in 2013 in his sophomore year.
While short in stature at just 5-foot-6, Grant is big on talent bringing an explosive playmaking ability to the field every time he touches the ball. He used his quickness and speed to be one of the most explosive players as a redshirt freshman, averaging 11.7 yards per touch.
Grant finished 2012 with 32 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns as a complementary part of the offense, but Kingsbury will undoubtedly look for new ways to get the young speedy receiver the ball in open-field situations. As a quarterback in the Mike Leach system, he’ll undoubtedly bring some of that same philosophy to his tenure as head coach. That means plenty of opportunities for his best athletes in space.
That will make the speedy Grant a focal point of the Red Raiders’ offense in 2013. He’ll never be a prototypical wide receiver, but his athletic ability makes him a matchup nightmare for any defense trying to match up with him. Given some extra opportunities and a little imagination in the offensive play calling, Grant could explode as one of the best weapons in the Big 12.
For Tech to find success in Kingsbury’s first year, they will have to find some of the offensive explosiveness that got them to 10 straight bowl games. The key to that could be the explosive talents of Jakeem Grant.