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Coastal Carolina QB Grayson McCall among finalists for Blanchard-Rogers Trophy

Grayson McCall

Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall prepares to launch a pass during a win over The Citadel at Brooks Stadium on Sept. 2, 2021. McCall was named a finalist for the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame’s Blanchard-Rogers Trophy on Jan. 12, an award for the most outstanding college player of the year with South Carolina ties. Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall hasn’t played football for about a month and is still being nominated for awards.

McCall, a redshirt sophomore, was named a finalist for the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame’s Blanchard-Rogers Trophy on Jan. 12, an award that is given to the most outstanding collegiate player of the year with South Carolina ties.

Anyone who plays college football for an in-state institution or grew up in South Carolina and played  college football out-of-state in 2021 is eligible for the award. The Blanchard-Rogers Trophy is named after Felix “Doc” Blanchard and George Rogers, Heisman Trophy winners in the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame.

The other finalists for the award are Clemson junior defensive back Andrew Booth, South Carolina State senior defensive back Decobie Durant (Lamar), Duke senior running back Mateo Durant (Plum Branch), South Carolina senior safety Jaylan Foster (Duncan), Appalachian State senior linebacker D’Marco Jackson (Spartanburg) and Georgia senior linebacker Channing Tindall (Columbia).

McCall, who was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and first-team All-Sun Belt for the second year in a row, set a new FBS record for passing efficiency with a rating of 207.6, which beat former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones’ record of 203.1 in 2020.

The quarterback from Indian Trail, N.C., also led the nation in yards per pass attempt with 11.92 and was second in the country in both completion percentage at 72 percent and passing yards per completion with 16.32. He led the Sun Belt in nine different offensive statistical categories.

McCall helped lead CCU to its second-consecutive 11-win season and its first-ever bowl win with a victory over Northern Illinois in the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 17.

A few days after CCU's bowl win, McCall announced via Twitter that he will play one more season for the Chants in 2022.

Fans can vote for their selection by visiting www.scfootballhof.org and clicking on the “Vote for 2021 Blanchard-Rogers Trophy Recipient” link. Voting ends Feb. 7 and the winner is derived from a vote of fans, sports media, and the S.C. Football Hall of Fame’s boards and executive team.

The Blanchard-Rogers Trophy will be awarded during the organization’s ninth-annual Enshrinement Ceremony and Benefit scheduled for March 31.

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