However, he does have some shiftiness to his game once he gets out to the second level. Exhibits natural fluidity through his hips and has the wiggle to make a man miss and accelerate into daylight. Possesses above-average footwork and can get to the edge quickly on perimeter runs, put his foot in the ground and explode up the field.
Showcases a good first step, but is but more quick than fast, displaying good, not elite speed. Missed a lot of time last year with a shoulder injury and doesn't have the type of frame to take a lot of pounding. Runs with a decent pad level but will allow himself to get upright when trying to break down and simply doesn't have much in the form of girth to protect himself.
Impression: An above-average athlete, but lacks size, power and instincts inside, and you'd like to see your scat back be a little more dynamic than he is."
Positive: Explosive back who plays with suddenness. Displays solid vision, runs north-south, and keeps his feet moving up the field. Possesses the speed and agility to turn the corner, shows a burst through the hole, and has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Quick-footed, creates yardage, and keeps the play inbounds. Solid receiver who extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame. Recognizes blitzes thrown by the opposition and picks up blocking assignments.
Negative: Not a strong back who picks up yardage off initial contact and easily brought down by a single defender. Never capitalized on a terrific sophomore season.
Analysis: Grigsby has flashed skill the past two years after being one of the nation E(TM)s better ball carriers in 2008. He possesses the football ability to make an NFL roster as a third-down back/rotational ball carrier."
High School: California High School, Whittier, Calif., 2007... All-West 2006 honors from PrepStar... Scouting services rated him among top dozen prep running backs in state... Transferred to California High School in Whittier for his senior year... Rushed for 1,273 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior on 137 carries... had five 200-yard games... Ran for 758 yards and 10 scores as a junior, earning first-team all-area and first-team all-league... Played defense for the Swordsmen in two games as a corner in 2005, with eight tackles and an interception... Played at St. Paul in Santa Fe Springs soph and junior years... CalHiSports top 100 state prospect...
Personal: Academic major is family studies and human development... Date of birth: Dec. 26, 1988.
Strengths: Runner with good elusiveness in the open field. Patient runner. Good hands out of the backfield and is effective in the screen game. Shows toughness and competitiveness as a blocker in pass pro.
Weaknesses: Small back who lacks the power to run over defenders and won't get many yards after contact. Lacks explosive burst into and out of the hole. Doesn't possess the speed to take the ball the distance.