The honorable McCall


By Jacob Bashura

Redshirt junior quarterback Grayson McCall on the field before the win against Georgia Southern University.

Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers remain undefeated six games into the season, and redshirt junior quarterback Grayson McCall has begun to stack his season accolades.  


On Friday, Sept. 30, it was announced the quarterback was named to the “Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award” Top 25 list. During the previous season, McCall finished within the top 10 of the award.  


After racking up 369 total yards and four total touchdowns the next day in a win at home against Georgia Southern, McCall was named to the “Davey O’Brien Great 8” List and named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week.  


“It’s always cool to receive these accolades. The Johnny Unitas and Davey O’Brien awards are special for me because I’m going up against all of the other quarterbacks in the country,” McCall said.  


“I think it reflects the performance I’m having as well as my teammates and my coaches putting me in a great position to go out there and be successful. I feel like the past two weeks have been my best games this season. I’m starting to play better and up to the potential that I know I can play at.” 


On the season, McCall has risen to the top of several statistical categories in the Sun Belt Conference. Leading the conference in passing touchdowns, yards per passing attempt, passing efficiency, and points responsible for, McCall has continued to put his name on the map and consequently receive honors and awards.  


Even with all of his recent recognition, however, the quarterback said he has remained focused on winning and earning the recognition he believes his team deserves. 


“We’re still chasing respect in this league. I feel like we’re still being disrespected,” McCall said. “Our goal is to have a chance to play in the Sun Belt championship game.” 


Recently, the Chants overcame the University of Louisiana Warhawks 28-21, and improved to six wins and zero losses on the year. McCall said he is enjoying every aspect of the success he and his football team have had this season. 


McCall said he loves his teammates, coaches and simply being at CCU. He said there is a lot of work to be done and his “job here is not quite finished.” 


“My goal right now is to stay locked in and focused with this team and soak in all of the moments and opportunities I’m given at Coastal Carolina. I know and everyone else knows that nothing is guaranteed, tomorrow is not promised. So, for me, it’s really about enjoying the ride,” McCall said.