Running Back Rashaun Grant Out With Injury

Oct. 26, 2007

 ATLANTA – Rashaun Grant, who was expected to start at running back for Georgia Tech in next Thursday’s game against Virginia Tech, may miss the remainder of the regular season with a lower leg injury.

Grant originally suffered the injury last Saturday when he rushed for 119 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries in Georgia Tech’s 34-10 win over visiting Army. Further diagnosis and tests this week revealed that the injury will keep him out of action for the near future.

“I feel badly for Rashaun,” Yellow Jacket head coach Chan Gailey said. “It’s tough to lose guys, especially now, when he was going to get an opportunity to start next week.”

Grant was expected to start against Virginia Tech because senior Tashard Choice, the regular starter at running back, was diagnosed earlier this week with a right knee injury that is expected to keep him on the sidelines against the Hokies.

Grant, who missed the first two games of the 2007 season with a hamstring injury, was going to start at running back for the first time since his freshman season of 2004.  Grant has 39 carries for 231 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and one touchdown this season. For his four-year career, Grant has played in 35 games, started three times (all in 2004) and produced 877 yards rushing.

Sophomore Jamaal Evans and true freshman Jonathan Dwyer are projected to take most of the snaps at running back next week. One of those two players will likely get their first career starting assignment.

The Yellow Jackets will not practice again until Sunday afternoon. Next Thursday’s game against Virginia Tech will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally by ESPN-HD.

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