EMU’s Jairus Grissom catching passes in practice

By the looks of things — and by things, I mean a couple of pictures that have been tweeted out of EMU’s fall camp — it seems like Jairus Grissom has moved from quarterback to… athlete?

Here’s a collage of pictures taken by a local photographer (based in Canton, Mich.) which features two pictures of Grissom receiving passes.

And here’s another picture of Grissom waiting to catch a pass, tweeted by Grissom himself just 11 minutes later.

Officially, the EMU roster has Grissom (6-2, 210) listed still as a quarterback, and that’s hardly a surprise. But he’s also one of six scholarship QBs listed at EMU. Just sheer depth of bodies in that group meant that somebody was going to get moved at some point.

The QBs EMU has to work with:

  • Mike Glass III, who returns after sharing playing time with Tyler Wiegers last year, and is set to start his senior season.
  • Preston Hutchinson, a redshirt-sophomore who never got any serious playing time with EMU was listed as the No. 2 QB in the pre-camp depth charts.
  • Aaron Jackson, a redshirt-freshman, heaviest QB in the room (223 lbs.). Didn’t see the field last year, but he was an early enrollee after signing in December 2017.
  • Isaac Stiebeling, redshirt-junior, he’s thrown 19 passes in his collegiate career and got most of his playing time in the 2017 season finale against Bowling Green.
  • Jayden Machado, joins EMU after transferring from Sacramento City College. Machado threw 619 passes in 21 JUCO games for 5,366 yards (8.7 y/a) and 48 touchdowns. More of a passer than a runner, for sure. He was a May graduate, so he wasn’t around for spring ball. He’s still redshirt-eligible, making him a three-for-two guy.
  • Christopher Kaminski, joins EMU as a walk-on freshman.

Assuming Glass takes all or most of the snaps this year, that means the 2020 starting job is anybody’s guess. Next year, Machado can be redshirt-junior eligible if he doesn’t play more than the four games this year, Stiebeling could leave or stay as a graduate student, Hutchinson will be redshirt-junior eligible and Jackson will be a redshirt-sophomore.

And then there’s whoever EMU signs at this position to think about. (Right now, Baron May is EMU’s lone QB commit from the prep ranks).

Grissom’s legs and overall athleticism is what EMU liked in what he brought to the table as a quarterback, but maybe now’s the perfect time to see what the athlete can do at wide receiver.

Arthur Jackson, Mathew Sexton and Eddie Daugherty will all graduate from the EMU receivers group after this season, and of the returning receivers this year that actually played last year, Dylan Drummond’s a guy that stands out (sophomore this year, 25 catches for 245 yards last year) as someone to look forward to in 2020. After that, there’s a lot of names, but that’s about it at this moment. Should Grissom move and get some real experience as a WR this year, there will be a lot more depth at this position headed into 2020.

Grissom was a River Rouge HS graduate and 2017 signee, but didn’t get on the roster until last year. He held offers from some Power 5 teams, but didn’t get into EMU right away. After he signed with the team, he worked out in Arizona, then was a student at EMU for the winter semester before joining the team in the summer of 2018.

Now, a junior, it’s time to see what Grissom’s all about. He was hyped to be a playmaker and somebody who’s a threat when he has the ball in his hands. By these little observations, EMU’s tinkering with the idea that he’s better off as a playmaker catching passes than he is as the distributor.

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