Noel Grigsby, Jr., San Jose State University WR
2011 All-WAC 2nd team
2012 All-WAC 1st team
SJSU single-season receptions record (89 in 2011)
SJSU career leader in receiving yards (3,121)
SJSU record 36 straight games with a reception
Coming off a knee injury that required surgery, Grigsby played just two games in 2013 for the SJSU Spartans. The two-time All-WAC selection has fallen down draft boards as a result of the injury, but is still considered an under-the-radar wideout prospect that could end up being a steal later in the draft. Noel took the time to speak with us regarding his college career, his injury and what NFL teams will be getting if they select him in May’s draft.
All Out Blitz: What was the biggest moment in your college career?
Noel Grigsby: “I would have to say my biggest moment in college was winning the Military Bowl against Bowling Green in 2012. That season we led San Jose State to its highest-ever ranking at No. 21 in the country and being named 1st team All-Conference is very memorable for me.”
AOB: What is the biggest challenge for you coming off a knee injury?
Grigsby: ” The biggest challenge is just making sure I am mentally ready and making sure my knee is healthy from not being able to be on it for 5 months. But also with your name being out there before the injury to almost turing unnoticed afterwards is a very tough circumstance.”
AOB: Who has been the most influential figure in your football career?
Grigsby: “My faith and knowing that God is the ultimate one who is there along with my parents with all that they have taught me.”
AOB: What would you say is the biggest thing you have learned in your college career?
Grigsby: “That you can escape when out there playing and has taught me to get away from the stress of college and work while focusing on myself and my pride and joy of football.”
AOB: What kind of player are NFL teams getting in you?
Grigbsy: “A hard worker. I will put the team before myself, take pride in working the hardest and will catch what is thrown my way.“
Grigsby has great field awareness and concentration. He has amassed two 80+ catch seasons for the Spartans and his quickness could bode well in the slot at the next level. Grigsby may not be high on scouts’ radars after having knee surgery in September, but he is a potential sleeper in this May’s draft.
Photo: John Storey/AP Photo
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