CFB Player Profile: TE Kylen Granson, SMU

TE Kylen Granson, SMU

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HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Austin, TX (Westlake)
247 RATING: .7575
YEAR: Senior

Receiving: 94 catches, 1,343 yards (14.3 ypc), 11 touchdowns

Receiving: 43 catches, 721 yards (16.8 ypc), 9 touchdowns


Kylen Granson Breakdown

SMU already had a ton of talent offensively last year, especially in the passing game. Sonny Dykes added Kylen Granson from Rice to the mix, and gave the SMU Mustangs yet another weapon to utilize downfield. While at first there was some uncertainty about how much he would contribute, he quickly turned into a viable option. In 2020, he’ll take on a bigger role with certain playmakers gone.

Granson’s a natural as a pass catcher, and he’s a smooth runner who gets going in a  hurry. His speed will give most linebackers issues vertically, and that creates mismatches for the SMU offense to utilize. There’s not much wasted energy in his movements, which helps him maintain his vertical speed.

Any physical corner or linebacker gives him trouble off the line, as he gets jammed or knocked off of his path early in the route. Creating separation could become a concern too as he typically must make contested catches on short to intermediate passes. Once he gets the ball in his hands, he’s not afraid to run oncoming tacklers over to gain more yards.

He’s a natural with the football in his hands, and plays physical in all aspects of the game. Granson is aggressive as a run blocker, and his initial quickness at the snap helps him gain leverage and drive his man back. Even if he can’t sustain his blocks for a long period of time, his ability to win quickly helps him open a hole for the running back to go through.

After transferring from Rice where he averaged 13.4 yards per catch, he posted career numbers at SMU. Now that James Proche is gone from the offense, Granson becomes a more prominent player in the passing game. Given his current trajectory, he’s on pace for another career year, one that could put him over 1,000 yards receiving. 

Joe Broback
Joe Broback

Joe Broback is a college football contributor for Sports and Fitness Digest.

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