JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – A four-year Arkansas State football letterman from 2012-15 and two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection, tight end Darion Griswold is set to play in the 2016 East-West Shrine Game this Saturday, Jan. 23, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
A member of the John Mackey Award Watch List each of the last two seasons, Griswold will compete for the East team when the NFL Network-televised game kicks off at 3 p.m. (CT).
Griswold will become the fifth all-time Arkansas State player, as well as the first since tight end David Johnson in 2009, to compete in the East-West Shrine Game. Griswold helped lead Arkansas State to 35 wins, three Sun Belt Conference titles and four bowl game appearances during his time on the field with the Red Wolves.
The Dumas, Ark., native completed his A-State career with 882 receiving yards that were the second most in school history by an A-State tight end behind only Steve Lockhart’s 1,216 accumulated between 1968-71. Griswold had 65 career receptions that were the most by a tight end since Lockhart recorded 79, which are the most ever by a tight end at the school. He hauled in nine career touchdown passes that tied the 11th most in school history.
Griswold was named a 2015 All-Sun Belt Conference honorable mention selection after recording 13 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, he was heavily involved in the Red Wolves’ blocking game that produced the nation’s 15th-ranked rushing attack and No. 12 scoring offense.
In addition to Johnson, Griswold joins former running back Corey Walker (1996), defensive lineman Michael Cline (1985) and offensive lineman Ken Jones (1976) as A-State players to compete in the East-West Shrine Game.