Jourdon Grandon will start at free safety Saturday night for the Arizona Wildcats in their season opener against the Toledo Rockets.
Grandon is one of three starters in Rich Rodriguez's lineup who was implicated in an off-campus brawl in March. The incident took place at a house party. Initial police reports listed Grandon and current Cats' safety Jared Tevis and offensive linemen Fabbians Ebbele and Eric Bender-Ramsey as participants in a fight against other UA students after being asked to leave the party.
Tevis and Bender-Ramsey were never charged in the brawl. Assault and trespassing charges against Grandon and Ebbele were dropped in May.
Grandon and Ebbele were reinstated to the team shortly after prosecutors dropped the case and the two along with Tevis have all won starting jobs for Arizona.
You may remember Grandon as one of the heroes of last season's win at Arizona State.
The then-freshman made a crucial interception, off a tipped ball by cornerback Trevin Wade, late in the fourth quarter to snuff out a Sun Devil drive. And in the games waning seconds, The Avondale product batted away a potential touchdown pass in the end zone to help preserve the Wildcats win.
Tucson News Now's David Kelly spoke with Grandon, head coach Rich Rodriguez and junior cornerback Shaquille Richardson about the work Jourdon has done to get back into the team's good graces.
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