McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


November 4, 2013

Lane Grant reads the offense



Grant said he went into the offseason before his senior year focused on lifting and gaining strength.

“I was trying to get my legs strong, getting them back to where they were before I broke my ankle,” Grant said. He added that he finally started feeling back to full strength while lifting about midway through the offseason before his senior year.

Because of so many games missed due to injury, Grant said he’s still looking for that favorite memory that’ll stay with him after his football season ends within the next five weeks. But a particularly smart read Grant made during the Buffs’ Week 8 game at Bishop Kelley in Tulsa might rank among the best.

“They ran a screen pass, and their linemen, they took their pass-drops, but they released too early,” Grant said. “I noticed it and just made the play.”

Even though Grant didn’t enter this season with as much experience as some of his fellow seniors, he said his role on the Buffs has definitely changed as he’s gotten older. As an inside linebacker, Grant said he’s responsible for getting the other linebackers and defensive linemen lined up before fellow inside linebacker Robby Stephens calls out the final alignment.

“I just feel like I should do more, take a little more charge,” Grant said.

Like most seniors, Grant said this season has definitely seemed to fly by. Once the season ends, he said he’ll probably most miss his teammates, many of who have been his best friends at McAlester High School.

Being a Buff has also been a family thing for Grant. His older brother Seth finished his Buffs career in 2012, and Lane said his entire family has always been supportive.

Lane said he found it an overall enjoyable experience playing football at the same time as his brother, but “sometimes I’d get at him, he’d get mad at me, we’d just go hit each other.”

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