JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – Four days removed from playing in the East-West Shrine Game, former Arkansas State tight end Darion Griswold was invited Wednesday to play in the Senior Bowl this Saturday, Jan. 30, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
A four-year A-State football letterman from 2012-15, Griswold will play for the South squad in the NFL Network-televised game set to kickoff at 1:30 p.m. (CT). The two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection will become the eighth all-time Arkansas State player, as well as the first since linebacker Demario Davis in 2012, to compete in the Senior Bowl.
Griswold also joins defensive end Alex Carrington (2010), quarterback Gene Bradley (1980), offensive linemen T.J. Humphreys (1977), Ken Jones (1976) and Wayne Dorton (1972) and linebacker Bill Bergey (1969) as A-State players to participate in the Senior Bowl. All seven previous A-State players to compete in the all-star game were selected in the NFL Draft, including Bradley, Jones and Bergey in the second round.
Griswold, a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection, will make his sixth appearance at the contest’s venue, also playing in two regular-season outings and three GoDaddy Bowl games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium during his career with the Red Wolves.
A member of the John Mackey Award Watch List each of the last two seasons, 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.