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Could this Michigan football defensive lineman see action as a RB?

Might we see this huge Michigan football defensive lineman getting some work at running back this fall?



Michigan football, Sherrone Moore, Penn State, Kenneth Grant

For quite some time now, Michigan football defensive lineman Kenneth Grant, a true sophomore tackle, has been hailed as an athletic freak within the walls of Michigan’s Schembechler Hall. On Saturday, during the Wolverines’ impressive 24-15 win over Penn State in Happy Valley, Grant ran down one of the Nittany Lions’ All-Big Ten running backs from over ten yards out. Following the game, Sherrone Moore may have hinted at Grant potentially seeing some reps in a “heavy” running package on the offensive side of the football.

Michigan football defensive lineman Kenneth Grant has the size and speed… for a running back?

Sherrone Moore coached up one hell of a ball game against No. 10 Penn State yesterday, leading his Wolverines to a season-defining win in Happy Valley — Michigan’s second-straight win in Beaver Stadium.

A hint from Sherrone Moore

Following the win, Michael Barret Sr., the father of star linebacker Mike Barrett, asked a good question on Twitter: could we see Kenneth Grant as a running back in short-yardage downs?

He certainly has the size and speed needed to be an offensive threat, but there is no way that Sherrone Moore would consider this, right? Well, that may not be the case, as Moore followed up on Twitter by hinting at its possibility (below).

Grant flashes his speed against Penn State

Wondering why anyone would ask to put a 340-pound defensive tackle in the backfield behind an elite run-blocking Michigan football offensive line? Well, like I said, he’s got wheels, and the nation is taking note. Below is a clip from the Big Ten Network showcasing Grant’s speed against Penn State.

This weekend, when No. 3 Michigan football faces the unranked Maryland Terrapins in College Park, MD, keep an eye on Sherrone Moore and the Wolverines’ offense when Michigan gets into a short-yardage down. Maybe Moore is serious about using Kenneth Grant as a running back, or maybe he isn’t; regardless, it’s a lot of fun to think about.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.