Richie Grant
UCF Knights – No. 27
PositionSafety
Class
Redshirt
Senior
MajorSports and Exercise Science
Career history
College
  • UCF (2016–2020)
Bowl games
High schoolChoctawhatchee (Fort Walton Beach, Florida)
Personal information
Born: (1997-11-09) November 9, 1997 (age 23)
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight194 lb (88 kg)
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× first-team All-AAC (2018, 2019, 2020)

Richie Grant is an American football safety who played for the UCF Knights.

Early life and high school

Grant was born and lived in Lumberton, Mississippi until moving to Fort Walton Beach, Florida when he was nine years old.[1] He attended Choctawhatchee High School, where he ran track and played defensive back and wide receiver on the football team. Grant was rated a two star recruit by 247Sports and committed to play college football at Central Florida over offers from Georgia State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, the Citadel and Kennesaw State.[2]

College career

Grant redshirted his true freshman season and was in the defensive backfield rotation as a redshirt freshman.[3][4] Grant was named a starter going into his redshirt sophomore season and was named first team All-American Athletic Conference (AAC) after leading the Knights with 109 tackles and six interceptions along with three forced fumbles and nine passes defended.[5] He was again named first team all-conference after recording four tackles for loss, eight passes defended, one forced fumble and an interception the following season.[6] As a redshirt senior Grant was named first team All-AAC for a third straight season after leading the team with 72 tackles along with 3.5 tackles for a loss, three interceptions, six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.[7][8]

Personal life

Grant's uncle, Terry Grant, played running back at the University of Alabama and for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.[2]

References

  1. ^ Helwig, Brandon (November 20, 2019). "Mississippi native Richie Grant looking forward to Tulane game". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Hays, Chris (January 19, 2016). "UCF snags commitment from little known DB Richie Grant". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  3. ^ Helwig, Brandon (August 8, 2018). "Richie Grant ready to step up at safety". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  4. ^ Hays, Chris (September 18, 2018). "UCF defensive back Richie Grant racks up turnovers, represents Danny Wuerffel Country". Capital Gazette. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  5. ^ "The top NFL draft prospect for each Top 25 college football team". ESPN.com. April 20, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  6. ^ Murschel, Matt (December 4, 2019). "UCF's Brown, Davis and Grant among a dozen Knights to get All-AAC football recognition". The Morning Call. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  7. ^ "UCF safety Richie Grant headlines Knights All-AAC honors". Orlando Sentinel. December 15, 2020. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  8. ^ Brugler, Dane (January 29, 2021). "Senior Bowl wrapup: Quinn Meinerz, Richie Grant and 10 other NFL draft winners". The Athletic. Retrieved January 30, 2021.