Right now, Rutgers wide receiver/return specialist Janarion Grant is in limbo. The senior sustained an injury in the Scarlet Knights’ last game against Iowa and his coach Chris Ash said the program will request a medical redshirt for Grant at some point.
But it is yet unclear whether Grant will be allowed to play a fifth season of college football, though Keith Sargeant of NJ.com and a Big Ten spokesman shed some light on the subject on Thursday.
In his story, Sargeant wrote that Grant met the first requirement of the medical redshirt because he sustained the injury in the first half of the season, but it was unclear if he met the second requirement of not playing in more than 30 percent of the team’s games.
Technically, the Scarlet Knights are four games into their season or 33 percent through it, but factoring in the Big Ten Conference title game, which is on the schedule, Grant has played in only 30 percent of the games.
Sargeant credited Chad Leistikow of The Des Moines Register for the discovery, because the Hawkeyes’ Matt VandeBerg has the same issue.
Big Ten spokesman Adam Augustine had this to say when NJ.com reached out to the conference:
“You are correct that NCAA rules allow for counting a conference championship as a scheduled contest for the purposes of calculating the 30 percent in a medical hardship waiver.”
The math comes out to four games as the limit for a medical redshirt, which Grant has hit, but not passed.
So, should the Scarlet Knights request a medical redshirt for their talented return man, the chances are good that they will be granted one.