Ray Graham, RB (5-foot-9, 197 pounds) - Graham - who was at the NFL Scouting Combine - ran the 40-yard dash in 4.70 and 4.72 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-1 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.21 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
01/15/2013 - EAST WEST SHRINE TUESDAY EAST PRACTICE: It was expected Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham would be one of the fastest on the field as the East squad only had partial pads on Monday. But even with full pads on Tuesday, he still looked like the quickest athlete during the morning practice. Graham also looked good as a return man on special teams, something he hasn't done since his sophomore season with the Panthers. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/10/2013 - Pitt football players Ray Graham, Lafayette Pitts and Devin Street have cut a deal to reduce misdemeanor assault and conspiracy charges to disorderly conduct counts. The players were charged in November after police say they surrounded another student on a sidewalk near the campus before one of the players punched the man in the head. The man told police he didn't want to press charges but wanted to ensure the players didn't harass others.
The three players were scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday. But Graham's attorney, Mark Fiorilli says a deal was struck to have their charges reduced to disorderly conduct - a charge similar to a traffic ticket that carries up to a $300 fine. The players must complete community service by April 15 for that to happen. - AP Sports
01/05/2013 - Pitt senior running back Ray Graham has been ruled out of today's BBVA Compass Bowl with a hamstring injury, Pitt announced this morning. Graham suffered the injury during bowl practices back in Pittsburgh last month. Graham will finish his season with 1,042 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He ranks second on Pitt's all-time rushing list with 3,271 career rushing yards. Freshman Rushel Shell will likely get his first start in Graham's place. - Sam Werner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
12/10/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Ray Graham, Pittsburgh, Sr., Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth, has been selected First Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Graham (Elizabeth, N.J./Elizabeth) has been honored for the second time on the first team, as he was also a member of the 2011 squad. In 2012, Graham has rushed for 1,042 yards on 222 attempts (4.7 avg.) and 11 touchdowns on the year, as well as 36 receptions for 340 yards and two TDs. - Pittsburgh football
12/01/2012 - Ray Graham rushed for a pair of touchdowns and went over 1,000 yards Saturday night to help Pittsburgh become bowl eligible with a 27-3 rout of struggling South Florida. Tino Sunseri threw for 211 yards and one TD for the Panthers (6-6, 3-4 Big East) to join Graham in giving Pitt a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher in the same season for the first time in school history.
USF (3-9, 1-6) finished its second straight losing season by losing nine of 10 following a 2-0 start, a slide that could cost coach Skip Holtz his job. A year ago, the Bulls dropped seven of eight following a 4-0 start that vaulted them into the Top 25 before a 44-17 loss to Pitt.
Graham scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, Sunseri tossed a 2-yard TD pass to J.P. Holtz, and a Pitt defense that's allowed just nine points the past two weeks held USF 117 yards and forced four turnovers, including three interceptions of Matt Floyd in the redshirt freshman's second career start. Pitt bounced back from losing its first two games to Youngstown State and Cincinnati to qualify for a postseason berth for the fifth straight season. Along the way, the Panthers gave top-ranked Notre Dame its toughest test before losing in triple overtime. - AP Sports
11/29/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: Keep an eye on: RB Ray Graham, 5-9, 192, Pittsburgh: Why you should watch him? Slowed early in the season by his continual recovery from a serious knee injury, Graham has gained momentum with a productive second half to the season. Last Saturday, Graham rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown against a stingy Rutgers run defense. After removing a brace several weeks ago, the Panthers senior has looked like his old self. In early November in South Bend, Graham gashed Notre Dame's stout run defense for 172 yards and a touchdown. Graham demonstrated that he has regained his explosiveness on a 55-yard burst up the middle. The performance could have turned the heads of a number of NFL scouts in attendance at Notre Dame Stadium. Graham is also dangerous when he leaks out of the backfield on screen passes.
Season stats (11 games): 948 rushing yards on 4.83 yards per carry, 9 rushing TDs; 36 catches for 340 yards, 2 receiving TDs. Player ranking: Graham is ranked No. 111 overall and the ninth-ranked running back in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Graham's injury may have caused the relatively low projection, but he is rapidly moving up the charts.
Up next: The Panthers conclude the regular season in Tampa against South Florida. Graham could be primed for a big running day against a Bulls run defense that has allowed 192 rushing yards or more in three of their last six games. Pitt needs a win to become bowl eligible. Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
11/24/2012 - Tino Sunseri passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns in his final home game as Pittsburgh overwhelmed No. 21 Rutgers 27-6 on Saturday. Ray Graham ran for 113 yards and a score for the Panthers (5-6, 2-4 Big East), who kept their hopes for bowl eligibility alive while drumming the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers (9-2, 5-1) will still play No. 19 Louisville on Thursday with a Bowl Championship Series berth on the line, though the Scarlet Knights head home with little momentum after the Panthers dominated in their last game Heinz Field as a member of the Big East, racing to a 21-0 halftime lead and coasting.
Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova passed for 157 yards with a touchdown and an interception but the Scarlet Knights were never in it on a day the Panthers played like the team with everything on the line.
The Scarlet Knights came in the Big East's biggest surprise, rising to the cusp of the school's first Big East title despite losing program architect Greg Schiano to the NFL last winter. First-year coach Kyle Flood stressed his team would not be distracted by an eventful week in which the program announced it was heading to the Big Ten in 2014. - AP Sports
11/09/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Pitt at Connecticut, Nov. 9 -- The above quote by Chryst truly hammers home what this game is all about for the Panthers. They have to focus on a down, but still tough UConn team while attempting to come within one game of bowl eligibility. Pitt certainly does not want to face a situation in which it has to beat Temple and USF in its final two games in order to finish 6-6 and earn a bowl bid. KEYS TO THE GAME: This is truly a game in which a turnover-free effort while limiting the penalties would go a long way toward achieving victory for Pitt. The Connecticut defense is rugged and could cause a lot of havoc while forcing the issue with the Panthers' offense. That is why fundamentals such as ball security and field position are paramount heading into this contest. It is okay to win ugly given what Pitt needs in its final three games. Of course, they cannot show any signs of a hangover from South Bend. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Last Oct. 26, Ray Graham entered the Connecticut game second in the nation in rushing. After only two attempts against the visiting Huskies, Graham was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Fast-forward one year and Graham heads into this year's matchup coming off a season-high 172-yard effort against Notre Dame for his third 100-yard game of 2012. "I feel like I was improving three weeks," Graham told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. - The Sports Xchange
11/07/2012 - BIG EAST: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 3. RB Ray Graham, 5-9, 192, Pittsburgh: Why he has the third spot: After his 2011 season was cut short by a serious knee injury, the Panthers senior running back has finally regained his explosiveness. Since Graham took off a knee brace several weeks ago, he has looked like his old self. Graham proved it last week in South Bend. Notre Dame arguably has the top defense in the nation besides Alabama but struggled to contain the diminutive runner. Graham rushed for 172 yards, including a 55-yard burst up the middle in the first quarter. Graham's performance could have turned the heads of a number of NFL scouts. Season stats (nine games): 794 yards on 5.02 yards per carry, 28 receptions for 269 yards, 10 TDs. Player ranking: Graham is ranked No. 137 overall and the 11th-ranked running back in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Graham's injury may have caused the relatively low projection, but he is rapidly moving up the charts. Up next: The Panthers travel to East Hartford on Friday to face a Connecticut defense that's ranked in the top 25 in FBS against the run (114.22 ypg) and in the top 10 in yards allowed (290.22 ypg). - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
11/06/2012 - 11/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 4. Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh: Through the first half of last season, Graham was leading the Big East in rushing and looked like a future early draft pick. But then he suffered a devastating knee injury, missing the rest of his junior season. Although he returned this season as a senior, Graham hasn't looked the same, but he showed some of that explosiveness Saturday in the loss to Notre Dame. He ripped off a 55-yard run on his first carry of the game en route to a season-best 178 yard rushing performance on just 24 carries (7.4 average), adding six receptions for 50 yards. Graham will dance and spend too much time looking for the home run, but his lateral burst and ability to make fluid jump cuts are very reminiscent of LeSean McCoy when he starred at Pitt. Graham has a leaner-than-ideal frame for the position, like McCoy, but he showed against the Irish that he can lower his pads and finish runs too, picking up tough yards after contact. While there are still questions about whether or not he has regained his 2011 form, Graham has been steadily repairing his draft stock and Saturday's performance against Notre Dame was a big step forward. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/05/2012 - Ray Graham has 2,591 career rushing yards and needs 53 to pass NFL Hall of Famer Curtis Martin for eighth on Pitt's all-time list. Graham, who moved into ninth past Kevan Barlow in the Virginia Tech game, has 70 yards on 18 carries in two games against Syracuse. His season-ending torn right ACL prevented from playing against the Orange last year. - The Sports Xchange
10/05/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Pitt at Syracuse, Oct. 5 -- A not-so-small subplot is that these two programs meet for the final time as members of the Big East. The Panthers and Orange move next year to the ACC where they will be aligned in opposite divisions. The Panthers look to close out the Big East portion of the series history versus SU with their eighth straight win. They won last season's game at Heinz Field, 33-20. Pitt's only loss in the last 10 contests was a double-overtime affair in 2004. KEYS TO THE GAME: Given that Syracuse ranks 83rd in pass efficiency defense and 84th in run defense, it would seem the Orange is playing right into the hands of a hot Panthers offense. Of course, this game is not played on paper. The Pitt offense needs to continue to operate as an efficient unit and most of that starts up front on the line. The line has provided the impetus for an offense that is firing on all cylinders. On the other side of the ball, it is all about applying pressure on a turnover prone SU offense. That will make life easier on a secondary that will be challenged by an Orange passing game that is averaging more than 340 yards and boasts a cast of experienced receivers. - The Sports Xchange
09/15/2012 - Pittsburgh Ray Graham ran for 94 yards and two scores and added an 18-yard touchdown reception to lead the Panthers to a 35-17 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech on Saturday. Tino Sunseri passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns and freshman running back Rushel Shell added 157 yards as Pitt (1-2) gave coach Paul Chryst his first career victory in emphatic fashion. The Panthers never trailed, forced four turnovers and took advantage of uncharacteristically sloppy play by the Hokies. Virginia Tech (2-1) had won 13 straight true road games, the longest active streak in the country, but let Pitt race to a quick three-touchdown lead and never really threatened. Logan Thomas completed just 14 of 31 passes for 265 yards and one touchdown against three interceptions. - AP Sports
09/06/2012 - While Chryst acknowledged getting Ray Graham (14 attempts, 71 yards) back in action Saturday was a hurdle the team climbed, the first-year coach was not sure what kind of workload awaits the star running back Thursday. "We'll just see how this week goes and I wouldn't say much more than that because I just don't know," he said. - The Sports Xchange
09/06/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Pitt at Cincinnati, Sept. 6 -- All will be forgotten as far as the Panthers' first-ever loss to an FCS foe if they quickly turn around and get off to a 1-0 start in the Big East. After all, it is the conference mark that matters most. A crisp, clean effort under the lights Thursday night could do wonders for the confidence of a largely young group of players. KEYS TO THE GAME: Chryst has noted that the tackling needs to improve and the first step needs to be a little quicker. Hence, all eyes will be on the defense and whether it improves from the opener. While quarterback Tino Sunseri had an overall decent outing against YSU, there were a few incompletions he would love to have back. Missing open receivers for what could have been big gainers are tough to swallow especially when they come in a losing cause. Like the defense, he too could benefit from a quick turn-around and some early success. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Ray Graham -- Is he ready for more work after getting 14 carries against Youngstown State? Or, with two games in six days, does Chryst go the cautious route and limit Graham's carries? - The Sports Xchange
08/07/2012 - Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst said senior running back Ray Graham looked good in Monday's practice - the first practice of the Panthers' preseason camp. Graham hopes to bounce back from a torn knee ligament that prematurely ended his 2011 season. At the time, Graham ranked second in the FBS in rushing yards. "I felt good. As the days go on, I'm going to get better and better. I felt stronger than I thought I would be," Graham said. "This is just the first day so I have to be smart and I want to participate every day. As of now, I plan on playing September 1 against Youngstown State." Graham is the only player in the Big East to be nominated for the Walter Camp Award, given annually to the nation's top player. If Graham is unable to recover fully, Pitt has additional help in the backfield. Freshman RB Rushel Shell, who set a Pennsylvania High School state record for career rushing yards, is excited to learn under Graham, as well as veteran running backs Isaac Bennett and Corey Davis. "Today was a great experience and mostly a learning experience for me," Shell said. "I want to take their knowledge of the game and combine it with my knowledge of the game and make it work." - Matt Rybaltowski, CBSSports.com
08/06/2012 - Whether there are a lot of victories in the immediate forecast or not, football should become fun again at Pittsburgh. Particularly if new coach Paul Chryst sticks around. The Panthers opened training camp Monday with a renewed enthusiasm, and that's good news for fans hungry for some stability during a tumultuous time. The diminutive Graham said his first day back was a pleasant surprise. With his speed and quickness, the 5-foot-9, 190-pound Graham could form a potent tandem with much-heralded freshman Rushel Shell, who set Pennsylvania's career rushing record at nearby Hopewell High last season. Sophomore Isaac Bennett, who played as a true freshman and was impressive in spring drills, is also in the mix. ''It was good to get out there and actually run around,'' Graham said. ''This was the first practice and the first time that I was with my teammates again. As the days go on, I'm going to get better and better. I felt much stronger making the cuts than I thought I would. For me, it's more of a mind thing. It's more of a mental thing than a physical thing.'' - AP Sports
08/06/2012 - PRO PROSPECTS ON THE MEND: RB RAY GRAHAM, Pittsburgh, INJURY: Torn ACL (right knee), October 26 - missed final 5 games of 2011...Although he seems to be the forgotten man in college football, Graham was a LeSean McCoy-clone prior to his gruesome knee injury halfway through the 2011 season. In his first six games last year, he recorded 893 rushing yards, averaging almost 150 yards per contest. Graham appears to be ready mentally, but the new Panthers' coaching staff is taking a cautious approach, holding him out of contact drills and not pushing their best player. Until he gets on the field and shows his knee is back to normal, Graham's draft stock will remain in limbo, but if healthy, expect top-40 talk for the lighting quick and elusive back. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Ray Graham, senior, RB, Pittsburgh, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Last fall, Graham was on a dazzling rushing pace comparable only to the legendary Tony Dorsett in Pitt annals before a knee injury ended his season in late October. Through his first seven games, Graham was second nationally and first in the Big East in rushing yards per game (134.14 avg.). A knee injury early in the eighth game against Connecticut ended his year and he finished with 958 yards and nine TDs on 164 carries (5.8 avg.). Graham was also named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, annually presented to the country's outstanding collegiate football player, and the the Doak Walker Award, which is given to the top college running back in the nation. Entering his final season with the Panthers, Graham is 10th on Pitt's career rushing list with 2,229 yards. He was voted first team All-Big East last year despite the injury-shortened season. - Pitt football
07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ray Graham (Sr.), Pittsburgh, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Last fall, Graham was on a dazzling rushing pace comparable only to the legendary Tony Dorsett in Pitt annals before a knee injury ended his season in late October. Through his first seven games, Graham was second nationally and first in the Big East in rushing yards per game (134.14 avg.). A knee injury early in the eighth game against Connecticut ended his year and he finished with 958 yards and nine TDs on 164 carries (5.8 avg.). Entering his final season with the Panthers, Graham is 10th on Pitt's career rushing list with 2,229 yards. He was voted first team All-Big East last year despite the injury-shortened season. - Pitt football
07/10/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Ray Graham, Pittsburgh, RB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Last fall, Graham was on a dazzling rushing pace comparable at Pitt only to the legendary Tony Dorsett (the 1976 recipient of the Maxwell Award) before a knee injury ended his season in late October. Through his first seven games, Graham was second nationally and first in the Big East in rushing yards per game (134.14 avg.). A knee injury early in the eighth game against Connecticut ended his year and he finished with 958 yards and nine TDs on 164 carries (5.8 avg.). Despite the injury-shortened season, Graham was selected first team All-Big East by league coaches. He is eyeing a healthy return for August training camp. - Pitt football
06/28/2012 - Top-five Pittsburgh prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. RB Ray Graham (5-9, 195)...While undersized and coming off a torn ACL, Graham has demonstrated the impressive lateral agility, burst and vision that has led other Pitt backs before him to produce at a high level on both the collegiate and pro stage. Despite sharing the workload early in his career, Graham has been a standout his entire career. Given the opportunity to serve as the bell-cow back a year ago, Graham started off like no back in Pitt history, rushing for 734 yards in his first five games, eclipsing records set by LeSean McCoy and Tony Dorsett (among others) along the way and leading the entire country in rushing yards before suffering the injury against Connecticut. Graham was held out of spring practices but Chryst says he'll be ready for the season. With Graham out, sophomore Isaac Bennett turned heads and could give the Panthers' star plenty of competition should he not have the same electric movement enjoyed prior to the injury. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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