NIU captured its first MAC football championship since 1983, defeating Ohio, 23-20
Moved to wide receiver before the 2011 campaign. His career offensive numbers include 1,225 yards of total offense on 199 plays in 33 games. Threw for 511 yards and five TDs on 54-of-98 passing and rushed for 663 yards on 114 carries with five touchdowns. Averaged 5.8 yards per carry.
2011: Saw action in all 14 games as a wide receiver and on the kickoff coverage unit... Named the Most Inspirational Player of the Year by the coaching staff for his willingness to play another position and on special teams in order to help the team as a senior... Tallied a season-long 27-yard reception at Central Michigan (10-1)... Caught his first career reception on a 24-yard pass versus Cal Poly (9-24) to set up the Huskies' final touchdown of the game... Made a special teams tackle at Toledo (11-1)... Played in 13 games for the NIU men's basketball team... Averaged 1.2 points and 0.6 rebounds while playing 4.8 minutes per contest... Shot 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.
2010: Appeared in four games on the season at quarterback. Started and played the entire season opener at Iowa State after winning the starting job in the preseason. Also saw action at Akron (10-2), versus Temple (10-9) and at Eastern Michigan (11-26). Completed 14-of-29 passes for 93 yards on the season with all of his passing yards and attempts coming at Iowa State. Added 54 rushing yards on 14 carries and scored on a one-yard touchdown run. Ran for 145 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries on the year. Both of his rush attempts at Eastern Michigan (11-26) resulted in touchdowns as he scored on runs of 61 and 30 yards in the second half. Joined the Huskie basketball team in late December and played in 15 games with two starts at guard on the year. Averaged 11.3 minutes and 3.5 points per game. Shot 37 percent (7-of-19) from three-point range. Collected 25 rebounds (1.7 per game), and distributed 16 assists.
2009: Appeared in eight games and started four with NIU claiming wins in each of those contests. Led NIU to victory against Miami (10-24), Akron (10-31), Eastern Michigan (11-5), and Ball State (11-12). Ranked third on the Huskie team in rushing with 330 yards on 57 carries to average 5.8 yards per carry. Rushed for a career-high109 yards on 20 carries versus Akron and totaled 104 yards on just 10 totes against Eastern Michigan. Completed 58.1 percent of his passes on the season (25-of-43) for 280 yards and three TDs. Completed 10-of-18 passes for 62 yards against Akron and totaled a season-high 119 passing yards on just four completions with a pair of scores versus Eastern Michigan. Compiled 223 yards of total offense in the EMU game with touchdown passes of 30 and 31 yards and a season-long 61-yard rush.
2008: Played in six games primarily as a back-up to Chandler Harnish. Started the Miami game (10-11). Led the team in passing efficiency on the season (127.7), after completing 15-of-26 passes for 138 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Ranked sixth on the team with 188 rushing yards on 39 attempts and had three touchdowns on the ground. Ran for touchdowns in each of his first three games. Scampered for a three-yard score against Western Michigan (9-6), one of seven rushes for 43 yards. Ran the ball eight times for a career-best 50 yards and a touchdown versus Indiana State (9-20). Hit paydirt with a nine-yard burst against Eastern Michigan (9-27). Completed the first pass of his NIU career for 10 yards and a touchdown to Matt Simon against the Sycamores. Connected on 7-of-12 passes for a career-high 63 yards with one touchdown against Miami. Also ran the ball six times for 43 yards in that contest. Went 4-of-10 passing for 39 yards and ran the ball a career-high 14 times for 41 yards at Tennessee (10-4).
High School: An honorable mention choice to the Grand Rapids Press All-Area Dream Team. Completed 40-of-80 passes for 610 yards and seven touchdowns, and collected 357 rushing yards on 60 carries with nine touchdowns on the ground in 2006. Led East Grand Rapids to a Division III Michigan state championship his senior year. Earned all-league and all-area honors as a junior. Also a four-year starter in basketball. Garnered all-state honorable mention honors in basketball and was a second team all-area and first team all-conference selection. Basketball team advanced to the state finals in 2006.
Personal: Born Aug. 1, 1988 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Son of Janell and Rodney Grady. Earned his bachelor's degree in criminology in the spring and is doing post-bachelor's work in hospitality administration. Admires Allen Iverson and LeBron James.
GRADY'S CAREER STATISTICS
GRADY'S CAREER GAME HIGHS Pass Attempts: 18, vs. Akron, 10-31-09 Pass Completions: 10, vs. Akron, 10-31-09 Passing Yards: 119, vs Eastern Michigan, 11-5-09 Long Completion: 36, vs. Miami (Ohio), 10-11-08 Passing Touchdowns: 2, vs. Eastern Michigan, 11-5-09 Rushing Attempts: 20, vs. Akron, 10-31-09 Rushing Yards: 109, vs. Akron, 10-31-09 Rushing Touchdowns: 2, at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10 Long Rushing Gain: 61, twice, last at Eastern Michigan, 11-26-10