When Darion Griswold signed with Arkansas State fans could not wait for the day to see the former prep quarterback to get on the field for the Red Wolves. But before he played a down of football he was a contributor as a freshman on John Brady’s basketball team. He was bulked up for last season but has become slimmer and more mobile for this season. Could this be the breakout year? Kenny Rains just plays football and does whatever needs to be done. He is a guy who is a main part of championships, and he has three rings to prove it.
Griswold caught 24 passes for 312 yards and 3 TDs last season. Rains caught 7 for 71 yards.
We expect to see a different Darion Griswold this season. One of the best athletes to ever play at A-State (how many other football-basketball lettermen do you remember in school history?). Griswold is slimmer and in better shape for his junior year. A change in philosophy, from the power-based football Bryan Harsin wanted to a more HUNH spread should be beneficial to the former Dumas Bobcat. Kenny Rains is just a football player and will do whatever he is asked. A strong blocker, he will line up in the backfield and be a lead blocker on running plays. Moorehead and Leaphart are still young and ready to take the next step.
Coach speak: “I have been really, really pleased with Griswold,’’ said Anderson. “He had maybe one of the best summers of anybody. To go from where he was in the spring, I do not think he was in great shape and I did not think he was extremely physical; he’s really gotten better at both. He is trying to be physical and play physical. He is running well. He has done a great job doing what we have asked him to do to improve and he is going to help us a lot."
"Kenny is the ultimate kind of one-two punch guy. Whatever role you give him he is willing to do it. The kids love him. He is not a feature guy he is more of an H-back type of role player. He fits that really well. The two young guys, Leaphart and Morehead, is just depending upon the day. Both will play some. Both can help us in special teams. I don’t know if either one has really devolved enough to really separate themselves in either way.”
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