If there was one bright spot during Rutgers' loss to Washington State, it was the play of junior wide receiver/return man Janarion Grant, who earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
With the Scarlet Knights down 23-20 early in the fourth quarter, Grant took one to the house, returning a kickoff 100 yards for his first touchdown of the day. And then with 1:31 remaining in the game and Rutgers down 34-30, Grant scored his second touchdown by returning a punt 55 yards for a score.
On the afternoon, Grant recorded 337 all-purpose yards, a new program record. In addition to 251 return yards, Grant tallied 65 yards on five receptions, and added 21 yards on his only carry of the day.
Grant was thiiis close to an even bigger day, as he had a 29-yard touchdown grab nullified by an offensive pass interference call.
Grant is now up to three touchdowns on the young season, as he scored on a kick return in the season-opening win over Norfolk State.
Rutgers will hope Grant continues to be a special teams dynamo, but with Leonte Carroo suspended indefinitely, the Scarlet Knights may need to rely on Grant more heavily in the passing game.
Hopefully we'll see him take another one to the house on Saturday under the lights of Beaver Stadium.