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Coastal Carolina's McCall named Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award semifinalist

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Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall (10) throws a pass to running back Reese White (2) during the Chants' win over Buffalo on Sept. 17. Danny Kelly/Staff

CONWAY — For the third consecutive year, Coastal Carolina redshirt junior quarterback Grayson McCall has been named a Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award semifinalist.

McCall was also named a semifinalist for the award in 2020 and 2021.

Joining McCall on the list of semifinalists are Stetson Bennett of Georgia, LSU’s Jayden Daniels, Max Duggan of TCU, UTSA’s Frank Harris, Sam Hartman of Wake Forest, Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker, Drake Maye of North Carolina, J.J. McCarthy of Michigan, SMU’s Tanner Mordecai, Bo Nix of Oregon, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., Austin Reed of Western Kentucky, Utah’s Cameron Rising, Will Rogers of Mississippi State, Ohio’s Kurtis Rourke, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Florida State’s Jordan Travis, USC’s Caleb Williams and Alabama’s Bryce Young.

Nine players — Bennett, Harris, Hartman, Hooker, McCall, Rogers, Stroud, Williams, and Young — are repeat semifinalists. Young won the 2021 Davey O’Brien Award, while Stroud was one of three finalists last year.

McCall, who missed CCU’s win over Southern Miss with a foot injury he suffered against App State, recently set the CCU record for career touchdown passes with 75. He has also thrown at least one touchdown pass in 22-straight games, also a program record, prior to missing the Southern Miss game.

This season, he ranks fourth in FBS in passing efficiency (176.1), fifth in yards per pass attempt (9.48), 11th in completion percentage (68.9), 14th in passing yards per completion (13.77), 19th in points responsible for per game (16.7), 22nd in passing touchdowns (21), 25th in points responsible for (150), 30th in passing yards per game (257.1), 31st in total offense per game (275.4), and 40th in passing yards (2,314).

Named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week and a member of the Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 List on Oct. 3, the Johnny Unitas Award Top 25 honoree has completed 168-of-244 pass attempts for 2,314 yards and 21 touchdowns against one interception this season.

McCall is also a two-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year (2020 and 2021).

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