Grayson earns spot on third major watch list
Second watch list nod for Rams' senior signal-caller
Senior quarterback one of four from MW on 39-member list
CSU quarterback rooming with two Mountain West opponents
Grayson one of three Mountain West QBs earning recognition
On Saturday, April 12, the Rams held their annual Denver area practice. (Photos by Don Reichert)
Colorado State takes on WSU in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State defeated Air Force 58-13 on Saturday, Nov. 30 (Photos by Dan Byers)
Colorado State football
Colorado State at New Mexico Nov. 16, 2013
Career Division I games played/started: 24/22 (14/14 in 2013... 6/5 in 2012... 4/3 in 2011).
2013 (Junior): Recorded one of the best statistical seasons in Colorado State history...started all 14 games and completed 62.1% of his passs (297-478) for 3,696 yards and 23 touchdowns, with 11 interceptions...297 completions ranks 14th NCAA FBS & most on CSU's single-season list...became single-season passing leader at CSU throwing for 3,696 yards, only the fourth 3,000-yard passer at CSU...first combo in school history of a 3,000-yard passer and 1,500-yard rusher in the same season (Kapri Bibbs, 1,741), and only FBS school in 2013 with a 3,200-yard passer and 1,500-yard rusher...holds school record for single-game total offense, tallying 445 (397 pass, 48 rush) vs. Boise State (Nov. 2), breaking Bradlee Van Pelt's record of 416 with Van Pelt in attendance on the weekend he was inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame...ranks ninth on CSU's all-time touchdown pass list (32)...ranks 10th on CSU's all-time passing yards list (5,184).
- Passed for 312 yards and three touchdowns against UTEP (Sept. 28) for his first 300-yard game
- Against San Jose State (Oct. 12) threw for 310 yards, his second 300-yard passing game of the season and tied a career high with three touchdown passes
- Again tied career high with three passing TDs in 52-22 win at Wyoming (Oct. 19)
- Became first CSU quarterback to throw for three touchdowns in three straight games since Terry Nugent in 1982 with his three scoring passes in win at Wyoming (Oct. 19)
- Against Boise State (Nov. 2) broke former Rams' quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt's single-game record for total yardage (416) with 445 total yards, including a career-high 397 passing yards (48 rush)...Van Pelt was in attendance for his CSU Athletics Hall of Fame induction
- Also vs. the Broncos set a program record completing 36 passes, destroying the previous CSU record of 31 single-game completions set by Grant Stucker (2009 at BYU), Moses Moreno (1997 vs. Air Force) and Scooter Molander (at Hawai'i, 1987)
- In the regular season finale vs. Air Force (Nov. 30), fell just short of his career high, passing for 395 yards and 3 touchdowns...this performance earned him the top spot in the CSU record book for single-season passing yards with 3,327 yards
- CSU was the nation's only offense with 3,200-yard passer and 1,500-yard rusher (Kapri Bibbs, 1,741 yards)
- 23 passing touchdowns tied for the most in a single season in CSU history, tying Justin Holland who threw 23 touchdowns in 2005
- 478 pass attempts are the most in a single-season at Colorado State, breaking Terry Nugent's record of 433 in 1983...Grayson is the first Ram to attempt 400 passes in a season since Scooter Molander (407) in 1987
- Served as a team captain vs. San Jose State (Oct. 12) and at Utah State (Nov. 23)
- In the Rams' win over Washington State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 21) Grayson threw for 369 yards and two touchdowns
2012 (Sophomore): Head Coach Jim McElwain named Grayson the starter at the end of fall camp but due to an injury at Air Force (Sept. 29), did not end the season as the starting quarterback. In six games threw for 946 yards and seven TDs.
- Played in his first Rocky Mountain Showdown vs. Colorado (Sept. 1)...threw for 173 yards and two TDs in a turnover-free performance...connected on a 20-yard pass to Dominique Vinson right before the half to swing momentum in favor of the Rams
- In the home-opener against North Dakota State (Sept. 8) he threw for 171 yards, 69 of which came on the third play of the game when he found Crockett Gillmore streaking down the middle of the field
- At San Jose State (Sept. 15) had the best game of his young career setting six career highs... Completed 24 passes for 297 yards for two TDs...started the game with a 15-yard rushing TD, becoming the third Ram QB with multiple passing TDs and a rushing TD in 36 games... distributed the ball against the Spartans connecting with eight different receivers... finished the game with 337 total yards (297 passing, 40 rushing) and the teams leading rusher
- Prior to the matchup against future MW opponent Utah State (Sept. 22), was named a weekly offensive team captain...completed just over 50 percent of his passes for 224 yards in that contest.
- Through four games Grayson only threw two interceptions, which were the fewest by a Ram to start a season since 1985 (Kelly Stouffer)
- Suffered a broken collarbone at Air Force (Sept. 29)
- Returned to action against rival Wyoming (Nov. 3) just over a month after the initial injury, going 3-of-9 for 61 yards
2011 (Freshman): A grayshirt, enrolled in January 2011 and began practice with the Rams in the spring...Wound up playing in four games as a true freshman, with three starts - all over the final third of the season...Connected on 55.8 percent of his passes (43-for-77) with two touchdowns and six interceptions...Did his most damage on the ground, with 193 yards on 47 carries (4.1 avg.) and one TD...The No. 22-ranked all-purpose quarterback in the nation and No. 17 overall prospect from the state of Washington (Rivals.com), showed remarkable poise in making his college debut in windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12)...Replaced injured starter Pete Thomas (knee) to begin the second series of the second quarter, with the Rams trailing 15-7, and on his first snap, completed a 5-yard pass over the middle to T.J. Borcky; after Chris Nwoke's 67-yard run on the next play, scrambled up the middle and fumbled on the carry to end the drive...Overcame another turnover on his second drive, a tipped interception, to rally the Rams on a dramatic, 14-play, 71-yard drive to tie the game, 15-15, in the fourth quarter; completed 3-of-4 passes on the march, and picked up 7 yards on three carries, including consecutive carries to end the possession, a 4-yard run to convert a third-down, and a 1-yard sneak to make the score 15-13...Then, on the ensuing two-point attempt, dropped back to pass, then found a hole in the middle and dove into the end zone for the game-tying tallies...One week later, made first career start, at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), which had upset then-No. 5 Boise State the week before, and played remarkably well, considering he was the 17th true freshman in the nation to start at QB in 2011...On a designed rollout on his first snap of TCU contest, found Matt Yemm for 34 yards to pierce Frogs territory, en route to connecting on nine of his first 11 passes; then, late in the third quarter, eluded a blitz and used exceptional vision to spot a wide-open Raymond Carter for a 66-yard score, the first TD pass of his career...Also in Frogs contest became the first CSU quarterback without a sack in 23 games, while rushing for five first downs and 53 yards on eight carries...One week later in loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), guided the Rams on a game-opening, 87-yard TD drive, matching the team's longest in terms of yards in 2011, capping the march with a 4-yard strike to Byron Steele to give CSU a 7-0 lead...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), led the Rams on a pair of second-half TD drives to erase a 14-6 deficit and, with 91 rushing yards, nearly became the first CSU QB since Bradlee Van Pelt in 2003 with a 100-yard rushing game...In Cowboys contest, had carries of 20, 15, 14 and 16 yards; also converted key first downs with his legs on each second-half TD drive, extending the first with a pass to T.J. Borcky on fourth-and-4.
High School:The No. 22-ranked all-purpose quarterback in the nation and No. 17 overall prospect from the state of Washington (Rivals.com)...Appeared three times as both the first-team quarterback in his conference and the first-team quarterback in his region, at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Wash., just across the Oregon border from Portland...Broke most of Washington's Class 4A state passing records, and had the nation's highest completion percentage as a senior, 73.2 percent...Topped 10,000 yards in total offense during his prep career...Garnered consecutive Greater St. Helens League MVP honors, in 2008 and `09...A three-year starting quarterback and three-year letterwinner, also played free safety, cornerback and wide receiver, and served two seasons as a team captain...Guided the Timberwolves to three straight Class 4A playoff berths and a GSHL championship in 2008...His conference's Player of the Year in 2009, completed 73.2 percent of his passes (238-for-325), for 2,720 yards, with 18 TD and only five INT...Also as a senior, averaged 8.2 yards on 117 carries (958 yards), with nine TDs, and caught two passes for 22 yards and a 20-yard TD...Among his top games in 2009, led the Timberwolves to a critical 30-29 conference win over Kelso with 361 yards, among national leaders that weekend, on 32-of-41 passing, with three TDs...Three of his team's losses as a senior were by a combined 12 points...As a junior, received his first GSHL MVP and guided HHS to a league title by throwing for 3,129 yards, connecting on 69.2 percent of his passes (236-for-341), with 18 TD and 11 INT...Also in 2008, had 541 yards on 75 carries (7.2 avg.), with three TDs...Threw to a Division I receiver and was protected by a Division I offensive lineman in 2008...Went 7-3 in his first year as a starter, 2007, completing 72.9 percent of his passes (186-for-255) with 23 TDs and eight INTs, in addition to 318 yards on 38 carries (8.4 avg.), with three TDs...Also played basketball (three letters), serving as a team captain and averaging 6.7 points per game, and ran track (four), winning district titles in both the 300- and 110-meter hurdles...Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds...Earned academic all-conference honors in all three sports, with a 3.1 GPA...Head football coach was Nate Becksted...Also recruited by Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Louisville, Miami (Ohio), Idaho State and Eastern Washington.
Personal: Given name Garrett Bradley Grayson...Nicknamed G-Man...Born May 29, 1991, in Vancouver, Wash. ...Parents are Brad and Jody Grayson...Has an older sister...Uncle, Danny Grayson, was an All-American linebacker at Washington State, selected in the seventh round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers...Took part in a goodwill party at Respite Care of Fort Collins, working with disabled youngsters, in February 2011...Invested time in kids' lives at the Fort Collins Boys & Girls Club prior to the 2011 season...Majoring in communication studies at Colorado State...Hometown: Vancouver, Wash.
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