During the 2021 season, Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall (Indian Trail, NC) broke the NCAA record for passing efficiency. His 207.6 passing efficiency rating eclipsed the records set by Alabama’s Mac Jones (203.1) in 2020 and LSU’s Joe Burrow (202) in 2019. Both of those quarterbacks later became first round NFL draft picks.
Grayson McCall led Coastal Carolina to an 11-2 record including their first post-season bowl (Cure Bowl) win in school history. He played and started in 11 games, completing 73% of his passes for 2,873 yards and 27 touchdowns. He only threw three interceptions during the season.
McCall added 290 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. His efforts during the season earned him 1st Team All-Sunbelt honors and his second straight Sunbelt Conference Player of the Year honor. Nationally, McCall was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Award, and a Top 10 Finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.