Ray Graham could be one of college football's best players (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Ray Graham hype train continues as Rivals slots him #87 in their list of college football's top players. See their breakdown on him after the jump.Of the Pitt running back, Rivals had this to say:
87. TB Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
Particulars: 5-9/195, Sr.; Elizabeth (N.J.) High
Buzz: Graham ran for 958 yards and nine TDs despite missing the final five games last season with a knee injury. He had four 100-yard games, including two with more than 200 yards, last season. Graham looks as if he will be a great fit in new coach Paul Chryst's pro-set offense. Graham is a rugged inside runner who also possesses a burst around the edge. He's also a dangerous receiver out of the backfield. His brother, Rutgers' Khaseem Greene, is one of the best linebackers in the Big East.
About that 'dangerous receiver' part, that was extremely evident under Todd Graham's offense last year. Graham had a career-high 30 catches for 200 yards in only seven full games. That put him on pace for about 50 receptions to go along with his NCAA-leading rushing yardage at the time.
I don't know if we can look for him to do so much damage out of the backfield in Chryst's offense since it's a bit more conventional. But if Tino Sunseri struggles, some short passes might do the team some good instead of constantly running the ball.