14-year-old with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and his brother, Noah, were honorary captains
The emphasis of practice No. 7 was on the passing game; and defending it
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
Buckeyes, off to their best start since 2007, look to improve to 9-0 Saturday at Beaver Stadium
Buckeyes to play second consecutive night game; making first trip to Bloomington since 2009
2014 Season: First Team All-Big Ten ... Voted co-captain by his teammates ... Started all 15 games at cornerback for the National Champion Buckeyes ... Finished second on the team with 5 INTs, good for sixth in the Big Ten; his five INTs totaled 106 return yards (21.2 avg.) ... Totaled 63 tackles and nine PBUs ... Intercepted one pass at Maryland, returning it 18 yards ... Recorded his second INT of the season at Minnesota, returning it 28 yards ... Recorded a career-high two INTs -- totaling 60 return yards -- in the B1G championship win over Wisconsin; the two INTs were a B1G championship game record ... Season-high 8 tackles -- all solo -- in the win over Michigan ... Recorded 28 tackles and three INTs against five ranked opponents.
2013 Season: Grant started all 14 games and earned honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference honors by both the coaches and the media ... in his first season as a full-time starter, he ranked ninth in the Big Ten in passes defended with 13 and .93 per game ... he was the team's fifth-leading tackler with 58 ... he tied for the team lead with three interceptions and his 10 pass break-ups ranked second to Bradley Roby's 13 ... had interceptions vs. San Diego State, vs. Northwestern (a huge, fourth-quarter interception with the Buckeyes trailing) and vs. Purdue ... set a career-high with nine tackles and seven solo stops vs. Northwestern ... blocked a punt vs. Florida A&M.
2012 Season: Playing behind all-Big Ten cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Travis Howard, Grant had 19 tackles in 2012, including 15 solo stops ... he made his first career start, in place of the injured Roby, against Alabama-Birmingham and Grant recorded a then career-high seven tackles plus had a quarterback sack, a fumble recovery and his first career interception.
2011 Season: Grant lettered as a true freshman after playing in all 13 games, including considerable action in the secondary ... he totaled six tackles on the season, including three in his first game as a Buckeye, vs. Akron.
More on Doran: Doran excelled as a receiver, cornerback and kick returner for coach Dan Boarman at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary ... he was named a two-time all-state honoree during a career that included his recording 203 tackles and six interceptions for the Irish defense and 88 catches for 1,115 yards and 25 touchdowns on offense ... he was named to the Under Armour All-American Game, Ohio North-South Classic and Big 33 Game ... USA Today all-USA ... Dapper Dan selection ... the 2010 Ohio state champion in the 110-meter hurdles (outdoor) and 60-meter hurdles indoors ... also a basketball letterman ... played age-group hockey ... is the son of Tonya Grant and Ted Jones ... father was a receiver at Michigan State and holds school record (tied) for career receptions per game (5.62 per game) and he is also ranked in MSU's Top 20 for receptions (118) and receiving yards (1,678).
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