To recover, Graham took on a heavier course load with a mix of online courses and traditional classes. He reduced his focus on football in the spring and put it more on schoolwork. He was more conscientious about attending study groups, his mother said. Graham credited coach Geoff Collins and offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude for helping him get back on track, as well as wide receiver Malachi Carter.
Graham said he had an exam Wednesday and expects to learn his fate soon. He said he had two classes this summer, both of which he described as “pretty rough.”
“I feel really good about the results,” he said. “I’m just praying that everything works out.”
Said Daniels, “I’m just glad they gave him the chance to redeem himself.”
On the field, Graham is competing for playing time at quarterback with Lucas Johnson, Tobias Oliver and freshman Jordan Yates. Last season, he played in three games (enabling him to retain his redshirt), running five times for 27 yards and completing his only pass, a throwback to quarterback TaQuon Marshall for 22 yards.
While he was not as invested in the spring as he might otherwise have been, Graham put in work in the summer to learn the scheme and throw to receivers such as Carter, Adonicas Sanders, Ahmarean Brown and Jalen Camp. Graham said it’s fun to be so knowledgeable about the offense that other teammates are now asking him what to do.
“He was the first one answering the questions in the meeting the other night,” Patenaude said, “and he really put in a lot of hard work over the summer and in the spring to kind of really figure out what he is.”
One thing he isn’t, apparently, is No. 14.
“I was actually 2 in high school, but I’ll be 4 August 29 (the date of the season opener against Clemson),” he said.