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Mike Grant is in his fifth-year with North Texas. Grant is in his third season as wide receivers coach and second as the recruiting coordinator.
In 2014 Grant oversaw the emergence of Carlos Harris into one of the top receivers in Conference USA. Harris led North Texas in receptions with 70, which is the ninth-most in school history. Harris had 863 yards, which ranked 11th most in school history.
Grant was instrumental in the development of Brelan Chancellor and Darnell Smith at the wide receiver spot in 2013 as both players received all-C-USA honors. Chancellor had a record breaking year and was named a second-team wide receiver while Smith was an honorable mention player.
Chancellor had the most receiving yards by a NT wide out since 2008 while Smith had the most receptions by a wide receiver since 2008. Grant also continued the development of Harris in 2013. In just his second season, Harris was the third leading receiver with 47 grabs in 2013. Freshman Darvin Kidsy had 16 catches in his first season and was the fifth leading receiver in 2013.
Against Idaho to begin the season, NT had a school record 12 players with at least one catch in the game. Prior to becoming the wide receivers coach, Grant spent two seasons as the Mean Green running backs coach.
In 2012, Grant’s running backs rushed for over 2,000 yards for the third time in the last four seasons. Having to replace the all-time leading rusher in Lance Dunbar going into the 2012 season, North Texas had three players rush for over 500 yards for the first time in school history.
Brandin Byrd and Jeremy Brown each had a rushing TD of over 50 yards in the win over South Alabama, the first time since 2010 that the Mean Green has had two different running backs have a rushing TD and more than 40 yards in a game.
Freshman Antoinne Jimmerson was the first running back to have a 100-yard receiving game since Lance Dunbar in 2011. He was the first running back with two receiving touchdowns in a game since 2002.
In his first season with the Mean Green, Grant oversaw a rushing attack that tied the school record for most yards in a game and had 19 rushing touchdowns, the second most in seven seasons at North Texas.
North Texas rushed for 464 yards against Middle Tennessee, tying the school record from 1952. In that game, Lance Dunbar broke the single-game school record with 313 yards rushing and became the all-time leading rusher in school history.
North Texas also had two running backs, Dunbar and James Hamilton, rush for 100 yards in the same game, marking the first time the Mean Green has had two backs go for over 100 yards in a game since 2003.
He arrived at North Texas after serving as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at Western Michigan from 2008-10.
Grant spent 2007 as wide receivers coach at Southern Miss before moving to Western Michigan. Grant worked with head coach Dan McCarney at Iowa State from 1998-2006. At Iowa State, Grant spent time coaching wide receivers and running backs, as well as two years as a defensive assistant.
He played quarterback at Nebraska from 1988-92 and was a member of teams that earned three Orange Bowl invitations as well a Fiesta and Citrus Bowl appearance. He has either played or coached in 13 bowl games and was a member of a staff that won two national championships.
As an assistant coach, his teams participated in the Fiesta Bowl (1996), Orange Bowl (1994, 97), Insight.com Bowl (2000), Independence Bowl (2001, 2004), the Humanitarian Bowl (2002) and the EV1.net Bowl (2005).
Grant brings years of successful special teams experience as well. The special teams unit at Iowa State was ranked in the top four of the Big 12 Conference each year. During his tenure at Iowa State, he was the lead coach of the kickoff cover from 1998-2006 and PAT block team (1999) and assisted with the punt team (1998-2006), the punt return team (1998-2006) and the kickoff return (1999).
He went to Iowa State after serving as the tight ends/wide receivers coach (1997) at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
At Nebraska, he was a graduate assistant coach (1994-95) working with receivers, spent a year as a student assistant recruiting coordinator (1993-94) and three years as the liaison to the football booster and athletic clubs (1994-97).
From 1993 until 1996, he was a coach or facilitator at football camps, workshops and clinics in Nebraska, New Jersey and Florida. He also garnered experience working with Nebraska’s Public Relations Office (1992-93) and served as the executive producer of the Tom Osborne Show (1993-94).
Grant graduated from Nebraska in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in advertising and has currently completed the course work for his master’s degree in mass communication.
While a student, he earned a spot on the 1991 Phillips 66 Academic All-Big Eight Honor Roll and was the recipient of the Student-Athlete Academic Honor Medallion, The Reader’s Digest Scholarship, the Omaha World Herald Scholarship and the Bobby Reynolds Scholarship.