By Alex Kurpeski
Damn. It’s been a minute since I wrote a devy entry for this site. It feels oh so refreshing to be doing so today. This article is dedicated to two of my favorite non-power conference devy quarterbacks. These guys have caught my eye by playing some truly incredible football this season without the supporting casts that their power-conference peers are surrounded by.
Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina
A redshirt freshman, McCall has somehow managed to turn this Coastal Carolina team into one of the best mid-major programs in college football this fall. McCall has completed 68% of his passes for 1,593 yards while sporting an 18:1 touchdown to interception ratio.
The Chanticleers offense rarely asks McCall to air the ball out, which makes his production this season that much more impressive. He hasn’t thrown an interception in over a month while looking stronger and more confident every game. McCall seems extremely comfortable in Coastal Carolina’s offensive scheme, thriving on play-action and RPOs.
Grayson McCall to C.J. Marable for the Chanticleers TOUCHDOWN pic.twitter.com/HIVey2nGI1
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) October 15, 2020
At 6’3, 200 lbs, McCall isn’t a huge passer, but what he lacks in size he makes up for with great anticipation and advanced accuracy.
Grayson McCall to Isaiah Likely on the Chants’ FIRST PLAY pic.twitter.com/33ZpsXnjC0
— Sun Belt Pages (@SBPages) November 21, 2020
McCall is also an underrated athlete, as he can make throws on the run while also burning defenses with his legs on scrambles and designed runs.
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 21, 2020
Watching McCall’s tape you would guess that he was a fifth-year senior, based purely on his confidence and “feel” for the game. On this throw, McCall perfectly drops a pass to his receiver on a back-shoulder toss.
Grayson McCall to Jaivon Heiligh for the TOUCHDOWN pic.twitter.com/8KIP3F8K9s
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) September 19, 2020
I don’t see him declaring for the NFL Draft next season, but I do think he’s a candidate to leave early for the 2023 Draft if he continues to ball out.
Grant Wells, Marshall
Another impressive freshman for an undefeated mid-major school, Wells has been a revelation for the Thundering Herd this season. While Wells’ line of 65.6% completion rate, 1,674 passing yards, and a 16:4 touchdown to interception ratio is less impressive than McCall’s it’s nothing to sneeze at either. Wells initially burst onto the scene with a monster performance against Eastern Kentucky to open the season.
QB Grant Wells is putting on a show for Marshall in his first career start.
4 TDs in the first half ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/SzfETNQL76
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 5, 2020
At 6’2, 205 lbs, Wells may be a bit undersized by NFL standards, but he throws a great deep ball and sees the field better than most quarterbacks.
Grant Wells season so far
1110 yards 8 TD’s 🔥🔥
— #21 Barstool Marshall (@BarstoolMU) October 27, 2020
In his last couple of starts, Wells has thrown for 564 yards and 8 touchdowns with zero interceptions. It seems to me that Wells is beginning to take his game to another level, after already setting a standard of excellence to begin the season. As Wells and the rest of his teammates grow, this program could soon be a powerhouse in C-USA.