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?
> 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.