When Darius Graham first stepped onto the field as a freshman, you knew you were watching someone special.
His physique was impressive, then when you saw his ability to explode through traffic and get big yardage, you knew that the Highlanders were getting a very important weapon at running back.
Three years later that young man has grown into everything that he was supposed to be. Bigger, stronger, faster, Graham has gone from a lot of potential to a deadly piece of the Mac arsenal.
Early on, Graham seemed timid at times to get to the hole and play strong. It was to be expected, here was a freshman being thrown into plays with teammates and competition older, stronger and faster than he was.
It was then that head coach Brett Manning stepped in and challenged Graham. That was when everything changed.
"After he challenged me, I thought to myself and I said that I needed to fully commit myself to the sport and do a little extra," Graham said. "I came up to the school for a couple of days a week with some friends and did routes and did drills and lifted extra to get myself mentally and physically prepared for the next season."
Manning said that the change was noticable quickly, and that it started on the practice field.