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
Buckeyes looking for second consecutive win over a ranked foe Saturday night at Ohio Stadium
Ohio State Overview: Sturdy, physical, tough and athletic cornerback Doran Grant has played in all 39 games for the Buckeyes over the last three seasons ... he enters 2014 the only returning starter in the Ohio State secondary, and he will play a key leadership role on the team this year ... Grant is a former winner of strength coach Mickey Marotti's Iron Buckeye Award, which is given to the student-athlete(s) who best exemplifies unquestionable physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership, so he knows about leadership ... a three-year Varsity O letterwinner, he has 15 starts to his credit along with 88 career tackles and 15 passes defended (11 pass break-ups and four interceptions) ... is majoring in sociology.
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).
DORAN GRANT'S DEFENSIVE STATS