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Better all-purpose player: Janarion Grant or Antonio Callaway?

This is what Janarion Grant did at Pasco High. He's still doing it, now at Rutgers.

This is what Janarion Grant did at Pasco High. He's still doing it, now at Rutgers.

Former Pasco High star Janarion Grant and current Florida Gators standout Antonio Callaway are two of the top five all-purpose players in the country.

That's according to the rankings from the Lindy's Sports preseason magazine. Rutgers' Grant is No. 1 on the list, followed by Pitt's Quadree Henderson, Texas A&M's Christian Kirk, San Diego State's Rashaad Penny and then Callaway.

Grant's inclusion will be no surprise to anyone who followed his career in Dade City. I watched him score a touchdown four different ways in at least two different games. He has followed that up at Rutgers, where he ranks fourth in school history in all-purpose yardage. No player in Division I history has scored more return touchdowns (kickoff and punts combined) than Grant.

"Rutgers might not be must-see TV, but it's worth tuning in to see what Grant will do next," the magazine write (correctly, on both parts).

Callaway is similarly multi-talented. He's the only player in UF history to score a touchdown via rush, catch, pass, punt return and kickoff return. The Miami native has 89 career catches, third-most by a Gator through his first two seasons, and he's drawing buzz as a potential first-round pick in next spring's draft (assuming he stops making headlines for the wrong reasons).

A head-to-head statistical comparison:

Antonio Callaway
3.7 offensive touches per game
14.9 yards per offensive touch
55.8 yards from scrimmage per game
829 career return yards
12 total touchdowns: 7 receiving, 2 punt returns, 1 kickoff return, 1 rushing, 1 passing

Janarion Grant
2.9 offensive touches per game
10.0 yards per offensive touch
29.9 yards from scrimmage per game
3,086 career return yards
14 total touchdowns: 5 kickoff returns, 3 punt returns, 3 rushing, 2 passing, 1 receiving

So do you agree with the Lindy's ranking? If you had to pick one player on your team this year (before both leave for the NFL), which one are you picking?

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 4:29pm]


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