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Name: Darren Grainger (Transfer from Furman)
College: Georgia State     Number: 3
Height: 6-3   Weight: 202
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2023

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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: NAC...Transfer from Furman...2019: ARTC


 Darren Grainger, Georgia State, Player News


  Darren Grainger and Georgia State saved their best for the last game of the season - and especially for a thoroughly dominating third quarter. Grainger passed for 203 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 122 yards and a fourth TD to lead Georgia State to a 51-20 victory over Ball State in the Camellia Bowl on Saturday. The Panthers (8-5) finished with their seventh win in eight games, dominated the lone bowl played on Christmas Day and set a season record for wins. Coach Shawn Elliott called it "the best performance Georgia State football has had this year." "I think we finished Christmas Day with one of the best presents we could have ever asked for and that's a commanding, dominating win," Elliott said. It was the first time the program had won back-to-back bowl games.

His team was up 20-13 at halftime but scored the next 31 points. Grainger completed 15 of 19 passes and carried 11 times, including a play fake midway through the third quarter when he scampered 34 yards untouched into the end zone. It was the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, and he was named the game MVP. Ball State (6-7) couldn't summon up many big plays after Drew Plitt's 56-yard touchdown bomb to Jayshon Jackson for an early lead. The Cardinals finished with a losing record a year after coach Mike Neu led his alma mater to its first Mid-American Conference championship since 1996. - Georgia State/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2023 QB Darren GraingerGeorgia State
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  Darren Grainger threw for two scores and the defense came up up with a scoop and score and Georgia State overwhelmed Troy 37-10 on Saturday. Grainger threw a 13-yard touchdown to Aubry Payne with 7:52 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. Early in the second he tossed a 26-yard score to Sam Pinckney for a two-score lead before the teams traded field goals to end the half. Noel Ruiz, who kicked field goals of 43, 49 and 50 yards, booted from 49 shortly after the break and Georgia State (7-5, 6-2 Sun Belt Conference) led 20-3. The Panthers broke it open on Troy's ensuing drive when Blake Carroll broke through the line and drilled Troy quarterback Gunnar Watson to cause a fumble that Jamil Muhammad returned 72 yards for touchdown and a 24-point advantage. Watson threw for 287 yards and B.J. Smith scored the Trojans (5-7, 3-5) lone touchdown. Georgia State is bowl eligible for the third-straight year and is the only FBS team in the nation to play four road games against ranked opponents this season. - Georgia State/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2023 QB Darren GraingerGeorgia State
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  NOV 15 SUN BELT FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Darren Grainger, Georgia State,(RS Jr., QB – Conway, S.C.),...Panthers redshirt junior quarterback Darren Grainger returned to his hometown of Conway, S.C., and led Georgia State to a 42-40 victory over No. 22/21 Coastal Carolina. The win was the Panthers first-ever over a ranked opponent. Grainger completed 18-of-24 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 29 yards in the ground game. The signal-caller directed Georgia State on four 75-yard touchdown drives to help the Panthers snap Coastal Carolina's 12-game home winning streak. - Sun Belt Football

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  Georgia State's Darren Grainger had the homecoming he'd dreamed about all season. Grainger threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns only a few miles where he grew up as Georgia State won its first-ever game over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 22 Coastal Carolina 42-40 on Saturday. Nose tackle Thomas Gore wrapped up Coastal's Shermari Jones short of the goal line on a two-point conversion with just over a minute left to secure the win. "I had so much faith in my defense, I knew they'd get a big stop," Grainger said of those heart-stopping final moments. Grainger played in rec leagues in Conway and then at Conway High, only a short distance from the Coastal Carolina campus. He knew his family and friends would turn out and wanted to put on a show. Several fans wore blue T-shirts with Grainger's name and No. 3. By the end, Grainger's edginess turned to joy. "It feels good to be home," Grainger said. "It feels good to get a win over a ranked opponent." The Panthers (5-5, 3-3 Sun Belt Conference) had been 0-11 all-time against Top 25 teams and had lost all three times it had faced ranked opponents this season. The Panthers rallied in the fourth quarter to end that run of failure. "It takes 60 minutes and tonight it took every second of that," Georgia State coach Shawn Elliott said. Grainger threw a go-ahead touchdown and Tucker Gregg added his third scoring run after Georgia State blew a 28-16 lead in the second half to go up 42-34. - Georgia State/AP College Football

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  Darren Grainger threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth and Georgia State's ground game churned out 326 yards and four more touchdowns as the Panthers crushed Louisiana-Monroe, 55-21 on Saturday night. The Warhawks scored the game's first touchdown when Chandler Rogers tossed a 25-yard strike to Zach Rasmussen with 9:35 left in the first quarter, but Georgia State roared back to score five touchdowns before Louisiana-Monroe finally answered with a Rogers-to-Zach Jackson touchdown from 18-yards out. Grainger was 18 of 25 for 230 yards and led the Panther (2-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) ground game with 84 yards on 12 carries. Tucker Gregg added 83 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, Jamyest Williams had 67 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and Cornelious Brown IV carried twice for 33 yards and a score. Rogers was 15 of 23 for 208 yards and two touchdowns for UL-Monroe (2-3, 1-2 Sun Belt), carrying 14 times for 72 yards. - Georgia State/AP College Football

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  Darren Grainger completed just six passes, but two of them went for touchdowns - including a go-ahead 34-yarder to Ja'Cyais Credle in the third quarter - to help Georgia State turn back Charlotte 20-9 in nonconference play on Saturday for the Panthers' first win of the season. Charlotte took a 7-0 lead on Chris Reynolds' 36-yard scoring strike to Elijah Spencer midway through the second quarter. After the two teams traded punts, Grainger needed just two plays to pull Georgia State even - hooking up with Jamari Thrash for a 35-yard TD at the 4:03 mark to forge a 7-7 halftime tie.

The 49ers (2-1) used a safety to take a 9-7 lead, but Grainger put Georgia State in front for good with his scoring strike to Credle with 5:06 left in the third quarter. Jamyest Williams capped the scoring for the Panthers with a 13-yard TD run in the final quarter. Grainger finished with 139 yards on 12 pass attempts with one interception for Georgia State. Destin Coates rushed for 83 yards on just four carries. Tucker Gregg ran for 76 yards on 22 carries, Williams carried seven times for 73 and Grainger added 64 on 16 totes as the Panthers piled up 298 of their 437 total yards on the ground. Reynolds completed 13 of 28 passes for 158 yards for Charlotte. The 49ers were held to 276 yards of offense. - AP College Football


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  Former Furman starting quarterback Darren Grainger is enrolling at Georgia State as a transfer, head coach Shawn Elliott announced. Grainger, who will enroll for the spring semester, adds depth to the Panthers' quarterback room, joining starter Cornelious Brown IV, a redshirt freshman who accounted for 2,579 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2020, and freshman backup Mikele Colasurdo. - Georgia State Football

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  2019 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): Darren Grainger, Furman,...Grainger, a Conway, S.C., product, started in 10 games and passed for 1,203 yards and 13 touchdowns, including 311 yards and four scores against Georgia State. - Furman Football

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  Darrien Grainger threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, Travis Blackshear had a 49-yard pick-6 and Furman held NAIA-member Point University to 91 total yards in a 64-7 win on Saturday. The Paladins (8-4, 5-1 Southern Conference) will learn their FCS playoff postseason fate on Sunday. The Skyhawks gained 1 rushing yard in 35 attempts against a defense that forced three turnovers. Grainger's 9-yard TD run capped the opening drive and he hit Ryan DeLuca on a 19-yard TD pass on Furman's next possession. After Blackshear's interception return, two field goals by Grayson Atkins and two rushing TDS, the Paladins led 43-7 at halftime. Devin Wynn, Wayne Anderson, Hamp Sission, Dominic Roberto and Jack Hardin each ran for TDs for Furman, whose ground game accounted for 317 of 435 yards offense. - AP College Football

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  Darren Grainger threw four TD passes, Devin Wynn had 278 yards from scrimmage and three scores, and Furman beat Samford 58-14 on Saturday. Furman ran 60 times for 460 yards and finished with 647 yards of total offense. Wynn's 217 yards rushing ranked ninth in program history. Grainger was 6 of 9 for 183 yards and no interceptions. Furman (4-2, 3-0 Southern Conference) scored on its first nine possessions - seven straight touchdowns followed by a field goal and a touchdown that capped the scoring early in the fourth quarter. Samford (3-3, 2-1) scored on the opening possession of the game. But Wynn went 75 yards on Furman's first play from scrimmage, tying it at 7-all and sparking a 35-point run. The Paladins led 28-7 at the end of the first quarter and 42-14 at halftime. Jay Stanton ran eight times for 77 yards for the Bulldogs. - AP College Football

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  SEPT 9/WEEK 2 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Darren Grainger, Furman, R-Fr., QB, Conway, S.C.,...Furman quarterback Darren Grainger, making just his third career start, accounted for five touchdowns, going 16-for-24 for 323 yards and four touchdowns through the air and running nine times for 53 yards and another score as the Paladins fell 48-42 at FBS Georgia State on Saturday. The redshirt freshman from Conway, South Carolina, accounted for 376 yards of total offense, the fourth-highest total in school history. With TD passes of 18, 32, 11 and 30 yards and a scoring run of 12 yards, Grainger helped the Paladins match the school record for points against an FBS opponent since reclassifying to NCAA I-AA (now FCS) in 1982. Other nominees: Jacob Saylors (ETSU), Tucker Cannon (Mercer), Ailym Ford (Chattanooga) and Alex Ramsey (VMI). - SoCon Football

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  WEEK 2 STATS FCS NATIONAL FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Darren Grainger, Furman, QB, R-Fr., 6-4, 195, Conway, South Carolina,...Grainger led the way as Furman tied its program record for points against an FBS opponent in a 48-42 loss to Georgia State (which beat Tennessee in Week 1). He accounted for 376 yards of total offense (the fourth-most in a Paladins' game) and five touchdowns. Grainger completed 16 of 25 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for 53 yards and a TD on nine carries. Honorable Mention: Ailym Ford, RB, Chattanooga; Tyler Hudson, WR, Central Arkansas; Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State; Keegan Shoemaker, QB, Lafayette; Hajj-Malik Williams, QB, Campbell; Javon Williams Jr., RB, Southern Illinois. - STATS FCS Football

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  Darren Grainger ran for one touchdown and threw for another as Furman crushed Charleston Southern, 46-13 in the season-opener Saturday. Grainger, a redshirt freshman, played in four games and started against Elon a year ago before earning the starting job. Picked to finish second in the Southern Conference and ranked in two different Football Championship Subdivision polls, Furman kicked off its season at home for the first time since 2015 with its first-ever meeting with Charleston Southern.

The loss spoiled the head coaching debut of Charleston Southern's Autry Denson, who became just the fifth head coach in Buccaneers history in January. Jamey Chadwell, who guided CSU past The Citadel in the 2013 opener, is the only coach to win his debut at the school. Grainger capped a six-play, 46-yard drive by scoring from the 4 for the game's first touchdown. Devin Abrams and Devin Wynn each had first-half touchdown runs as the Paladins held a 24-6 advantage at intermission. - AP College Football


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