|27 Marquez Grayson|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
A highly-regarded and durable ball-carrier who is expected to experience significant action as a redshirt freshman, both on the offensive unit and on special teams ... Continued development and spring performance enabled preseason depth chart inclusion in the Pirates' backfield and should battle returners Breon Allen and Chris Hairston for carries during the year ... Topped all rushers with 58 yards on seven attempts during the first spring scrimmage on March 31 ... Also added a touchdown on an 11-yarder ... Had seven carries the following week (one yard) before wrapping up drills with a 22 yards on four attempts during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Turned in lifts of 440 pounds (back squat), 291 (power clean) and 230 (push jerk)in spring testing period ... Vertical leap of 33" and broad jump of 10'4" ranks among the unit leaders, as does a 40 time of 4.45.
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. ... Has not officially declared a major ... List swimming and golf has hobbies of choice.