Janarion Grant
Janarion  Grant


Trilby, Fla.

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Height / Weight:
5-10 / 172



Criminal Justice


Janarion Grant Returns for Fifth Year

Wide receiver and return specialist missed final eight games of 2016 due to injury


Postgame Quotes: Football at Maryland

Maryland 31, Rutgers 13


Game 12: Football at Maryland

Scarlet Knights conclude 2016 season on the road


Football News Conference - Nov. 14

Rutgers vs. Penn State


Game 11: Football vs. No. 9 Penn State

Scarlet Knights set for final home game of the season


Football vs. Iowa

Rutgers vs. Iowa - September 24, 2016


Football vs. New Mexico

Rutgers vs. New Mexico - September 17, 2016


Rutgers 52, Howard 14

The Scarlet Knights defeat Howard, on September 10, 2016.


Rutgers Football vs. Howard

Rutgers vs. Howard - Sept. 10, 2016


Rutgers Football vs. Washington

9/3/16 Rutgers Football vs. Washington

Rutgers All-Time Kickoff Return Yardage Leader
Tied NCAA Record for Combined Kick Return Touchdowns
Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 12, 2016)
2015 Second Team All-Big Ten (Media)
2015 Third Team All-Big Ten (Coaches)
2015 Rutgers Special Teams MVP
Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 9, 2015)
Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 14, 2015)
2014 Mark Mills Second Effort Award
2013 Second Team All-American Athletic Conference (Coaches)
2013 Rutgers Special Teams Co-MVP
American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 23, 2013)

Janarion  Grant

2016 (Senior): Started first four games at wide receiver before suffering a season-ending injury ... averaged 163.75 all-purpose yards per game ... totaled 20 receptions and 16 rushing attempts ... responsible for six touchdowns (three rushing, one kickoff return, one punt return, one passing) ... one of three players in the Big Ten with a kickoff return touchdown on the season ... also added a punt return score for eighth career combined kick return, tied for most in NCAA history ... had five receptions for 98 yards against Iowa (9/24), including a 76-yard dash, before departing due to injury ... totaled 112 punt return yards with a 69-yard touchdown versus New Mexico (9/17), adding four receptions and four rushes to finish with 154 all-purpose yards ... named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (9/12) for fourth career conference weekly honor ... totaled three touchdowns and 248 all-purpose yards in win over Howard (9/10), including an 84-yard kickoff return for a score and two runs to the endzone ... collected 105 rushing yards versus the Bison on six attempts ... started the season opener at No. 14 Washington (9/3) and totaled 160 all-purpose yards, including a 10-yard rushing touchdown off a direct snap ... had a game-high nine receptions against the Huskies ... selected to the preseason watch list for the Hornung Award (7/15) ... named Preseason First Team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com (8/22), Athlon Sports (6/15) and Phil Steele.

2015 (Junior):
Appeared in all 12 games as a wide receiver and kick returner ... named Second Team All-Big Ten by the media, Third Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and First Team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele as a return specialist ... finished second in the Big Ten with 1,583 all-purpose yards (984 kick returns, 352 receiving, 167 punt returns, 80 rushing) ... total ranked sixth-most in a season in the school record books ... averaged 131.92 yards per game to rank No. 20 nationally ... recorded a school-record 984 kickoff return yards, also tops in the conference ... returned three kickoffs for touchdowns to rank second in the country ... added 167 punt return yards to total 1,151 combined kick return yards, second nationally ... had one punt return touchdown ... ended season first in school history with 2,411 career kickoff return yards and 10th with 368 punt return yards ... finished year ranked fifth in school history with 3,596 career all-purpose yards ... had a team-leading 31 plays gaining at least 20 yards (21 kickoff return, five receiving, three punt return, two rushing), with four going for touchdowns ... second on the team with 35 receptions, while being third with 352 yards ... reeled in four receptions for 56 yards and first career receiving touchdown against Maryland (11/28) ... had 29 rushing yards on two carries and 37 receiving yards on three catches in win at Army (11/21) ... threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Chris Laviano versus Nebraska (11/14) and totaled four receptions for 58 yards ... had a long catch of 40 yards against the Cornhuskers ... named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (11/9) for the second time after performance at No. 16 Michigan ... logged 170 kickoff return yards against the Wolverines (11/7), including a 98-yard touchdown for the longest kickoff return score by a visitor at Michigan Stadium since 1934 ... also had a 67-yard punt return to setup a field goal in the second quarter ... added three catches for 26 yards to bring all-purpose total to 263 against the Wolverines ... registered 102 kickoff return yards (long of 42) at Wisconsin (10/31) to set a new school career record previously held by Terrell Willis since 1995 ... set the record on 83 attempts, eight fewer than Willis ... also had two catches against the Badgers  ... moved into second in school history with 64 kickoff return yards against No. 1 Ohio State (10/24) ... had 37 receiving yards on four catches in win at Indiana (10/17) ... recorded 101 all-purpose yards versus No. 4 Michigan State (10/10), with 86 on kick return, eight rushing and seven receiving ... picked up two receptions, including a 25-yard catch, and had a long return of 38 yards in win over Kansas (9/26) ... had four receptions for 22 yards at Penn State (9/19) ... named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (9/14) and to the national Paul Hornung Award Week Two Honor Roll (9/14) ... racked up a school record 337 all-purpose yards versus Washington State (9/12) with 195 kick return, 65 receiving, 56 punt return and 21 rushing ... became the first player in the modern era of Rutgers football to return both a kickoff (100 yards) and punt (55 yards) for a touchdown in the same game, with both giving the Scarlet Knights a lead in the fourth quarter ... also had a team-high five receptions against the Cougars ... additionally honored by the ECAC and USA Football for the efforts ... returned the opening kickoff of the second half 80 yards for a touchdown in the opening win over Norfolk State (9/5) ... also had a six-yard catch on offense ... named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which is bestowed to the most versatile player in major college football (7/6) ... named Preseason Fourth Team All-America by Phil Steele (6/1) at kick returner and Preseason First Team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports (6/11).

2014 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games as primary kick and punt returner, also seeing expanded opportunities at wide receiver with four starts ... second in single-season school history with 910 kick return yards, 38 short of the record ... named First Team All-Big Ten at kick returner by Phil Steele ... had two kick returns of 71 yards ... second on team with 25 receptions and third with 312 yards ... racked up 317 all-purpose yards (nine short of the school record of 326 set by Terrell Willis in 1994 versus Temple) in win at Maryland (11/29), including a 71-yard kickoff return to open the second half and a 24-yard rush to the outside ... recorded first 100-yard receiving game against the Terrapins with eight catches for a game-high 105 yards ... had a 22-yard reception at Michigan State (11/22) ... totaled 166 kick return yards in win over Indiana (11/15) with a long of 71 ... also had a 23-yard punt return versus the Hoosiers ... ran back a kickoff for 44 yards at Nebraska (10/25) ... had three catches at Ohio State (10/18) ... totaled 87 yards receiving with a long of 53 versus Michigan (10/4), adding 23 yards on the ground ... recorded two catches versus Penn State (9/13) ... had three receptions in home opener against Howard (9/6) ... made first career start at wide receiver and made four receptions for 48 yards in opening win at Washington State (8/28) ... had a key 30-yard catch on 3rd-and-8 in third quarter that helped flip field position and set up a field goal ... entered the season listed on the depth chart as a wide receiver and returner ... named Fourth Team Preseason All-Big Ten by Phil Steele (6/5) as a returner ... recipient of the Mark Mills Second Effort Award, given to the most improved offensive player during spring practice (4/26).

2013 (Freshman): Appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman ... led RU with 517 kick return yards and 156 punt return yards, scoring a touchdown each way ... named Second Team All-American Athletic Conference as a returner by both the league and Phil Steele ... first RU true freshman since 1998 (Tosh Riddick) to earn all-conference honors ... named Special Teams co-MVP along with punter Nick Marsh at the team banquet ... returned three kickoffs for 127 yards against Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl (12/28) ... made two receptions for 18 yards in first opportunity on offense against Houston (10/26) ... named the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week (9/23) ... totaled 106 yards on four punt returns against Arkansas (9/21), including a 58-yard touchdown return in the third quarter ... also registered a 47-yard return in the fourth quarter to help set up RU for the winning score versus the Razorbacks ... returned five punts against Norfolk State (9/7) ... recorded a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Fresno State (8/29) on first collegiate touch.

Prior to Rutgers: All-purpose standout for head coach Tom McHugh at Pasco ... missed the first six games of his senior season with a broken hand, but still managed to score 20 total touchdowns in seven games played ... Class 5A First Team All-State selection on offense ... racked up 591 yards rushing, 168 yards receiving, 104 total yards on interception returns ... scored five touchdowns against Fivay as a senior (two rushing, one passing, one receiving and a 50-yard interception return for a score) ... rated the No. 8 recruit by Bright House Sports Network ... helped guide the Pirates to a combined 25-2 record over the last two seasons, including a trip to the 5A state final four in 2011 and a regional final appearance in 2012 ... set a Pasco County record with 77 career touchdowns ... Tampa Tribune All-Pasco First Team selection on offense ... lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, punt/kickoff return and defensive back ... accounted for more than 1,800 all-purpose yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior ... totaled nearly 1,000 yards receiving and led the Tampa area with 18 touchdown receptions as a junior ... scored four special teams touchdowns in 2011 ... three-star recruit according to Scout and the nation's No. 54 cornerback prospect ... three-star Rivals recruit and the No. 69 wide receiver nationally ... also tabbed by Rivals as the No. 90 prospect in Florida ... rated a three-star recruit by ESPN.com ... a three-star recruit who was listed as the nation's No. 43 athlete and rated as the 94th-best player in Florida by 247Sports.

Personal: A criminal justice major.

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