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Top 60 Countdown: No. 38, CB Chavez Grant

We've already unveiled more than half the field in our Top 60 Countdown. Today, we zero in on No. 38 on the list: Cornerback Chavez Grant. A great student and leader off the field, will the senior finally add the same adjetive to his play on the field? Or, will he continue to look like the rest of UM's ordinary secondary?

Chavez Grant has two interceptions in three seasons at UM. Will he step his game up as a senior? > What we heard about him on Signing Day '06: When Grant chose Miami over Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn, the Canes believed they were getting not only one of the best cornerbacks in the country but a good student and leader on the football field. Grant certainly was both at Miami Booker T. Washington, where he picked off six passes his senior season and earned the academic award at the Dade-Broward All-Star game before graduating with a 3.6 GPA. He was rated 32nd nationally at corner by Rivals and 27th at his position by Scout.com.

> What he's done as a Cane: As a leader and example for other athletes to follow off the field, Grant has more than lived up to the expectations. As a corner who UM was hoping could develop into a dominating presence, Grant simply hasn't been that guy. He's made 17 starts in 37 career games and has two interceptions (the most memorable coming on the final play of UM's last bowl victory at the MPC Computers Bowl in 2006). Last season, Grant started seven games at left cornerback and led the team with six pass breakups. He also had 25 tackles (he had 26 as a sophomore and 24 as a freshman).

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: Although he hasn't been burned nearly as much as some of UM's other corners, Grant has not been special either. At 5-11, 180-pounds, he is one of several corners on UM's roster who simply cannot match-up physically with big receivers. That's a big reason he's been more effective in the nickel spot, covering smaller, quicker slot receivers. The bottom line is Grant is better served helping UM in that nickel spot. If the Brandon Harris and Demarcus VanDyke continue to develop and handle the outside spots, than Grant will be able to help the team to the best of his abilities. But if that doesn't happen, it will probably be another long season for the Canes secondary.

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1st

Will all the Cane haters please just go away.

Everyone is 0-0 right now...

Thanks Manny.

hey manny whats your take on the fact that in the new NCAA game UM players all have super high ratings meaning that people are recognizing the talent yet no one is putting the canes in the top 25...

I vote for another long season, unfortunately. Those guys are little and will get handled by GA Tech and OU again--badly.

King Cane, it ain't hating, it's reality for now.

We'll be in the top 25 if we do well in the first four games, maybe even top 10, if we go 4-0.


ponce aka 86 is a 0:

Your assumption of the season isn't a reality. The season hasn't even started!
It's just your opinion, which like we know everyone has (and is entitled to) one.

* Damn... If this is a Canes site... I'd hate to see Manny as a writter for a FSU site, talk'n about the Canes.

Almost All Articles have been doom and gloom... "If Brandon Harris and Demarcus VanDyke continue to develop and handle the outside spots, than Grant will be able to help the team to the best of his abilities. But if that doesn't happen, it will probably be another long season for the Canes secondary."...

What about Vaughn coming back, what about Ray Ray adding some spice, what about Shields blowing-up at corner...

The picture is not black. It's not gray... That's smoke coming out of the tunnel and It's all about the U at 10 and 2.

Just an average Canes Fan!

I haven't heard anything about why Gore got the boot. If someone has some info please share. I wonder why everyone thinks we done and our schedule is soooooooooo tough. We back to the prostyle offense and thats all we needed. Well we do need some more turnovers but that will happen with smart play. I been looking at whip's tapes and the backs out of the backfield are always open. With the backs as fast as we have that will leave one on one on the outside. Johnson and Streeter should have big years. That should put the recruiting wall back up and those kids should start looking at the U as the best way to get to the next level.

One day the Canes will be the dominant Canes again, and it will be glorious!

Tick-tock... tick-tock... just a matter of time.

Enjoy your last season on top reptiles, your brief moment in the sun will fade quickly once Mr. Teblows exits stage right after this year... muahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Secondary looked terrible and no interceptions, I think, the coaching approach made the secondary look terrible. Guys playing 20+ feet off receivers, playing super tentative and the stats showed that. With a different approach on the field and better line and LB play the secondary may look a lot better.

wats up wit gore

hey manny whats your take on the fact that in the new NCAA game UM players all have super high ratings meaning that people are recognizing the talent yet no one is putting the canes in the top 25...

Posted by: chris | July 21, 2009 at 11:47 AM

U Cannot be serious ???

Chavez Grant is terrible...too bad we can't go into his attributes and upgrade his speed, tackling and aggressiveness..

More bad news for Marve. Tore his ACL

yeah what the real story on the Gore situation...?


anybody got anything about the new commitments??

What was the latest on Gore? They say Whipple wasn't big on him.

Boss- is that true?

Boss- is that true?

Posted by: Why are U on a UM blog? | July 21, 2009 at 06:53 PM

Yeah, he blew out his knee. Even though he did us dirty and got lots of "know it all" talking heads in the media throwing dirt on the program and especially Coach Shannon, I feel bad for him and hope he recovers. He is just a kid who probably got bad info. from people around him and left the program in a bad way.

I totally appreciate Manny for telling the truth. Kudos to Manny. I don't want him to talk like a politician. BUt Manny made him out to be highly refruited. I remember Omar Kelly from the Sun-Sentinel saying the Canes settled for Chavez Grant after missing out on other players. You never hear those stories in public. Just as you would never tell yoru girlfriend she was 3rd choice.

Marve seems like he's a jerk, but I kind of feel bad for him. It's like he's cursed or something. The guy has so much talent and it might all go to waste.

Grad Cane 09, if we go 4-0 to start the season, we're in the Top 5.

Yeah whats up with Gore? I personally think he is to small to play running back in Whipple's offense. But he is a great athlete. Although we have alot of great athletes and don't know where to play them.

I actually met Gore at TP working out...and yes...he is small...he is like 5'7 165....seemed like a sweet kid though...

Hey can someone post the rivals article on the rosters. it is updated i would like to take a look thanks go Canes!

Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders were small too....I would guess lack of speed is the issue.

His videos don't show him breaking away from the pack like Clements. He kind of reminds me of Baby J.

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