Auburn tailback Grant finally cultivates a role

By: Matt Harris
By: Matt Harris

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn tailback Corey Grant finally has cultivated a role in a career that began with rival Alabama.

Grant ran for 146 yards and displayed the speed that made him a two-time state 100-meter champion in the opener against Washington State. Now, he's trying for a solid encore Saturday night against Arkansas State.

Grant, who is from neighboring Opelika, left home to sign with Alabama in 2010. A year later, he left a crowded backfield and walked on at Auburn.

Grant sat out a year under NCAA transfer rules and got only nine carries last season. He's already matched that in one game in Gus Malzahn's offense.

Grant says he "just kept pushing and kept pushing knowing that my time would come."

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