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40  Maurice Grinter
Maurice Grinter

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Louisville, Ky.

High School:
Fairdale

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 253

Position:
Tight End

Experience:
3L


Was a part-time starter at tight end last season, earning more playing time as the season progressed ... Has good size and athletic ability ... Moved from fullback to tight end in the spring of 2008 ... Spent the 2006-07 seasons as the team's backup fullback ... In 2006, he scored on his first collegiate touch, a one-yard TD run against Texas State ... Has seen action in 34 career games, earning four starting assignments.

2008 (Junior): Played in 12 games, including three starts ... In his first season as a tight end, he had 12 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns ... Scored the winning touchdown with a three-yard catch at Mississippi State ... Also had a touchdown snag in the win over Middle Tennessee ... Long play is 34-yard catch vs. Vanderbilt.

2007 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games at fullback ... Started the Florida Atlantic game and carried the ball three times for 15 yards ... Plunged into the endzone for a one-yard scoring strike to put Kentucky ahead of Vanderbilt in the Blue and White's win ... Carried the ball four times for 20 yards against Tennessee, both of which are career highs.

2006 (Freshman): Played in nine games at fullback, having to miss action because of tendinitis in his knee ... Scored on a one-yard TD run against Texas State, the first time he touched the ball in college ... Also caught a six-yard touchdown pass at Florida ... Enrolled at UK in Jan. 2006 as a "grayshirt" ... Got a look at linebacker and safety in spring practice before being moved to fullback in August.

High School: Four-year starter at Fairdale HS in Louisville ... Team advanced to the state playoffs all four seasons ... Known best as a running back, he also played wide receiver, quarterback, and defensive back during his career ... Rushed for 1,467 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior ... Third-team all-state pick by the Louisville Courier-Journal and was named to the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" listing of the top-22 seniors in Kentucky ... Rushed for approximately 1,100 yards and 15 TDs in just five games during his junior season, adding 51 tackles and nine interceptions on defense ... Honorable-mention all-state as a sophomore and junior ... The No. 6 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com and No. 8 by SuperPrep for the 2005 recruiting class ... Played for the winning Kentucky team in the Kentucky-Tennessee HS All-Star Game in the summer of 2005 ... Coached by Mike Gossett ... Four-year starter in basketball ... First-team all-state as a senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal and second-team all-state as a junior ... Two-time region player of the year ... Averaged 18.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game during his senior season ... Third in school history in scoring (1,721 points) and second in rebounding (797 boards) ... Spent two years on the track team ... Competed in the high jump, long jump, the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay ... Went to the state meet in all four events ... Originally signed with Louisville in Feb. 2005 but did not enroll.

Personal: Born in Louisville, Ky. .... Son of Maurice Morris and Chantel Grinter ... Maurice helped Fairdale HS win consecutive state basketball championships and went on to play that sport at Southern Mississippi ... Major is family science.

Community Cats: Participated in an event at Johnson Elementary School (2006).

2014 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium