|27 Marquez Grayson|
Senior Receiver Scores Twice And Throws For Another
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
A tough and durable ball-carrier who is expected to contribute to the Pirates’ multi-pronged rushing attack; similar to the role he experienced as a redshirt freshman … Offers backfield with size and physicality, which will be utilized in short-yardage situations … Will open sophomore campaign working way up depth chart after experiencing drop in status prior to bowl game … Expected to battle Anthony Scott and Cory Hunter for top reserve status behind projected starter Chris Hairston … Could also experience action on special teams units depending on offensive assignment … Picked up 11 yards on six carries in the first spring scrimmage (March 28) before topping all rushers with 44 yards on six attempts during the second contest on April 11 … Contributed 23 yards on five runs during the Purple-Gold Game a week later … Possesses lifts of 450 pounds (back squat), 295 (power clean) and 230 (push jerk) … Vertical leap of 33” and broad jump of 10’4” ranks among the unit leaders, as does a 40 time of 4.45.
2014: Appeared in 12 of 13 games, making one start (Connecticut) ... Ranked third on the team in rushing (289) and ground touchdowns (five) ... Averaged 6.1 yards per carry (47 attempts) and 24.1 yards per game ... Stood third on team with six total TDs (five/rush, one/receiving) ... Scored at least one touchdown in four of last five games played … Caught three passes for nine yards out of the backfield … Made collegiate debut against N.C. Central, rushing for a game-high (and season-high) 78 yards on seven carries ... First collegiate carry was for one yard in the second quarter against the Eagles … Enjoyed a string of three-straight outings with a TD (Temple, Cincinnati and Tulane) ... Scored first career rushing TD at USF (24-yarder) in the third quarter ... Added TD runs against Temple (two yards), Cincinnati (11), Tulane (seven) and UCF (seven) ... Caught first career pass (one yard) in the first quarter against North Carolina ... Hauled down a career-best two passes against UCF, including a 14-yarder in the fourth quarter for his first career multi-TD game ... Had a career-high eight carries at Tulsa for 32 yards ... Picked up 30 or more yards rushing on five occasions ... In addition to N.C. Central and Tulsa performances, other ground games of note came against North Carolina (42 yards), USF (42) and Tulane (39) … Did not record any stats against Virginia Tech or SMU … Did not experience action vs. Florida in the Birmingham Bowl (suspension).
2013: Turned in valuable contributions as a scout team performer during redshirt year as a true freshman ... Was a late signee, officially inking with the program on April 8.
High School: Played in just seven games as a senior due to an injury, but still managed 887 rushing yards with eight touchdowns … Averaged 7.6 yards per carry as a team captain in 2012 … Recorded 1,000-yard rushing seasons during both junior (1,093) and sophomore (1,378) campaigns … Rushed for 17 touchdowns as a junior in 2011 after netting 11 scores a year earlier … Helped lead Lexington to playoff appearances as a sophomore and junior … A two-time All-Central Carolina Conference selection … Also was a two-time Lexington Dispatch All-County honoree … Named to the MaxPreps 2012 North Carolina Preseason All-State Team … Listed as the 13th best prospect in North Carolina and 32nd top running back prospect nationally by Rivals.com … Reportedly received offers from Clemson, Duke, Minnesota, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech … Also was a track standout as a member of LHS’s 4x100 relay team.
Personal: Full name is Marquez J’Quan Grayson … Born December 31, 1994 at Lexington, N.C. … Major is sports studies … List swimming and golf as hobbies of choice.