Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall had some moments on Saturday in which it seemed he should have made a different decision on where to throw the ball—or should have run instead of passed—but he and the Chanticleers most certainly got the job done this past weekend. McCall completed 22-of-30 passes (73.3% completion percentage) for 315 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Cure Bowl against the talented Northern Illinois Huskies—a 47-41 victory. He also carried the ball 10 times for 40 yards with a long of 11 yards on the day.
The placement, the velocity, and the decision on this pass were a testament to just how talented of a passer McCall is.
McCall finished out the season with a completion percentage of 73% with 2,873 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and just three interceptions on 241 passing attempts. Saturday’s bowl game was one of the most solid showings we have seen from McCall since he was injured earlier in the season.
McCall, just a sophomore, was projected to be one of the more highly ranked quarterbacks in this year’s class ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft, but it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll stay in school. And considering how successful he has been outside of the Power 5, the more pressing question is whether or not he will stay with Coastal Carolina for the remainder of his career or if he will go on to a bigger school to show he can run with the big dogs against stouter competition.
UNC seems like it could be an appealing option with quarterback Sam Howell projected to be picked in the first or second round of the 2022 draft, although it is important to note just how well the coaching staff has recruited at Coastal Carolina, the added prestige to what the program is becoming, and how much of a feather in the hat it is for a player to help elevate a lesser-known program the way that McCall has for the Chanticleers.
Coastal Carolina head coach Jamey Chadwell seems confident that McCall will remain with the program moving forward.
"We're confident that he loves Coastal and he's going to be here with us and finish out his career,” Chadwell said in a press conference after the game.
McCall has undoubtedly been a difference-maker within Coastal Carolina’s spread triple-option offense and has earned his stripes with his command of a complicated scheme at such a young age. Look for him to be one of the more sought-after prospects in a future draft. McCall could have gone relatively high in this draft, but regardless of where he chooses to play out the rest of his college career, could become an even hotter commodity down the line.