|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 role as a sophomore … Will open junior year competing with Jimmy Williams for the starting job at the “Z” outside receiving position … In all, has opened 16 of 19 career games with 43 catches for 433 yards and four touchdowns … Did not catch a pass during the first 2015 spring scrimmage (March 28), but had two catches for a game-high 80 yards in the second outing (April 11) … Recorded another pair of receptions for five yards during the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 ... Dedication and work ethic in strength and conditioning program has produced positive results as well, rating as a “freak” in coach Jeff Connors power quotient system … Among positional leaders in the pro shuttle (4.01), vertical jump (35.5”), broad jump (10’3”) and 40 (4.41) … Lifts of note include a 340-pound bench press, a 500-pound back squat and a 323-pound power clean.
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 earned ECU Honor Roll designation during the 2013 fall semester.