|85 Davon Grayson|
East Carolina vs. Tulane football
A charismatic and engaging performer who also provides big-play production on the field … Made an immediate splash as true freshman in 2013, but dazzling dramatics were cut shorty because of a season-ending injury … Successfully bounced back from the setback after a demanding rehabilitation process that enabled starting roles as a sophomore and junior … Will open senior year in a battle with Jimmy Williams for the starting job at the “Z” position … In all, has opened 28 of 31 career games with 76 catches for 881 yards (11.6 ypr) and seven touchdowns … Netted multiple receptions in 23 contests … Thirty-two (32) of 76 grabs have gone for 12 or more yards (11 for 20-plus, five for 30-plus, one for 40-plus, one for 50-plus and one for 60-plus) … Did not catch a pass during the first 2016 abbreviated spring scrimmage (April 9), but had four receptions for 85 yards in the Purple-Gold Game on April 16 ... Dedication and work ethic in strength and conditioning program continues to produce positive results as well, earning “Super Pirate” status in coach Jeff Connors ranking system … Among positional leaders in the pro shuttle (4.01), vertical jump (36.0”), broad jump (10’5”), 40 (4.38), three-cone drill (6.74) and flex rating (15) … Owns notable lifts such as a 340-pound bench press, a 500-pound back squat and a 323-pound power clean.
2015: Opened all 12 games at one of the outside receiving positions … Stood fourth on unit with 33 receptions for 448 yards and three touchdowns, yet topped all pass catchers with a 13.6 yards-per-catch average … Seventeen (17) grabs went for 10 or more yards and five exceeded 20 yards … Caught at least one pass on 11 occasions and produced multiple reception totals 10 times … Surpassed the 30-yard mark in seven contests and eclipsed the 50-yard milestone in five outings, which included a career-best 99 at UCF during the road finale … Also hauled in a career-long 69-yarder against the Knights – ECU’s longest play from scrimmage all year … Scored all three TDs (Florida/31-yarder, SMU/10, Cincinnati/10) in the first quarter … Contributed a season-high five catches at BYU (53 yards) and had three four-reception efforts (56 yards vs. Florida, 84 vs. Tulsa and 99 vs. UCF) … Was on receiving end of a 34-yarder from fellow pass-catcher Zay Jones against Golden Hurricane, which at the time ranked as the longest successful toss of the season … Netted three grabs each against Towson (31 yards), Virginia Tech (53), Cincinnati (33) and a pair of catches vs. SMU (10), Temple (16), USF (six) … Limited to just one reception at Connecticut (seven yards) and zero catches at Navy … Enjoyed five-game mid-season (Sept. 26 to Oct. 22) surge that produced 16 receptions for 216 yards – an average of 3.2 catches for 43.2 yards per game (2.4/33.1 averages the other seven contests).
2014: Quickly removed all rust from an 11-month layoff by catching four passes for 26 yards against N.C. Central in the season opener … Overall, started 10 of 13 games and recorded 25 receptions for 257 yards (10.3 ypr) ... In addition to effort vs. the Eagles, matched season-high with four grabs on two other occasions – vs. Cincinnati and UCF ... Top yardage accumulation came against the Knights (68) during regular season finale at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Recorded at least one catch in 10 games ... Enjoyed strong finish, making 14 of 25 receptions in the last five games for 176 yards (12.6 ypr) ... Ten catches totaled 10 or more yards (four for 20-plus) ... Pulled down two or more receptions eight times … Hauled in three passes vs. SMU in inaugural American Athletic Conference game before adding two each in outings against Connecticut, Tulane, Tulsa and Florida (Birmingham Bowl) … Had long gainer of 31 vs. Golden Hurricane at Chapman Stadium (before finishing night with 41 yards) … Contributed 36 reception yards (long of 30) vs. Gators at Legion Field … Did not have a catch in games against Virginia Tech, North Carolina or Temple.
2013: Recorded 18 catches for 176 yards (9.8 ypr) and four touchdowns in six games (and starts) during true rookie campaign … Suffered a season-ending left knee injury at Tulane on Oct. 12 … Posted multi-catch totals in first five games, while posting season-bests in receptions (seven) and reception yards (66) during a pivotal Conference USA road win at Middle Tennessee a week prior to the injury … Opened collegiate career with three TD catches vs. Old Dominion (nine, six and one-yarders) … In all, had four catches for 28 yards against Monarchs … Followed up with a two-reception, 29-yard effort against Florida Atlantic … Also hauled in an 18-yard scoring strike from Shane Carden vs. the Owls to give ECU a 7-0 lead after its first possession … Had two receptions for six yards the next week against Virginia Tech before adding three grabs for 47 yards vs. North Carolina at Kenan Stadium … A 37-yarder vs. the Tar Heels in second quarter action marked a season-long and was one of five catches that exceeded 10 yards (also had a 32-yarder at MTSU) … Selected to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Freshman Performers Watch List ... Signed with the Pirate program in February.
High School: A First-Team All-Southeastern District selection at both wide receiver and defensive back for coach Joe Jones at Kings Fork High School ... Also named to the Virginian-Pilot's All-Tidewater First-Team Defense unit as a senior after helping the Bulldogs to a program-record seven wins (7-4) and the school's first-ever appearance in the Virginia High School League Division 5 Football playoffs (before suffering a 16-15 setback to Lakeland in the opening round) ... Had 45 receptions for 602 yards and seven touchdowns ... On defense, picked off three passes, had eight breakups and recovered three fumbles ... Top single-game effort was an 11-catch, 127-yard, one touchdown performance against Oscar Smith (Nov. 5) ... Earned selection to the 2012 Best of the 757 All-Camp Team following the Fifth Annual Best of the 757 Football Showcase in May ... Played in just two games as a junior in 2011 because of a hand injury ... In all, earned four football letters and served as a team captain … Was also a track letterman for KFHS, clearing 6 feet, 3 inches in the high jump and 21-4 in the long jump ... Member of relay teams that turned in times of 45.06 (4x100) and 3:24.96 (4x400) ... A strong performer in the classroom who possessed a grade point average of 3.3.
Personal: Full name is Davon Darrin Grayson … Born September 5, 1995 at Cleveland, Ohio … Lists the film industry as one of his hobbies and enjoys making videos and reading … Is a sports studies major … Classroom work has earned ECU Honor Roll designation.