Tallahassee (FL) High School head coach Tim Cokely had stated back in May that he thought he might have found a playmaker for the 2013 season when he moved defensive end D’Anfernee McGriff to offense as a quarterback/wide receiver. The 6-foot-3 and 220-pound athlete didn’t disappoint in his offensive debut last Friday night versus Taylor County (FL) High School.
McGriff showed a knack for making things happen on his way to 226 total yards accumulated running, receiving and passing the football. On the ground McGriff ran or scrambled for 196 yards on 15 carries. Two of his carries went for touchdowns including a 60-yard gallop. He also had another 40 yard scramble called back because of a questionable holding penalty.
Through the air the talented junior completed one of his two attempts for 15 yards. He also grabbed two of the three passes thrown his way for another 15 yards.
Coach Cokely says that he feels that McGriff is as gifted athletically as any of the eleven quarterbacks that he has put into college. Friday night it was easy to see why the coach is so enthusiastic of McGriff’s potential.
McGriff displayed plenty of athleticism often starting one way and cutting back across the entire field to pick up massive chunks of yardage. While still inexperienced on the offensive side of the ball he did show a natural feel for finding daylight when running the ball. He is a big, strong and has the ability to run over the people while also being agile enough to make people miss. McGriff also showed above average speed on several long runs on his way to helping Leon to a 34-29 win.
Look for more updates on D’Anfernee McGriff as we get further into the 2013 football season.