Graddy Named Colorado Defensive Player of the Year
Dec. 22, 2003
Air Force senior Marchello Graddy was named the Colorado defensive player of the year by the Colorado Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, as voted on by over 600 members throughout the state.
Graddy ended the season ranked fifth in the conference in tackles with a 9.4 average. He was fourth in sacks with 6.0 for 42 yards. Graddy recorded 12 total tackles, two sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss against UNLV to earn MWC defensive player of the week honors. He recorded a career-high 18 tackles at Navy earlier this season which was the most by a player in the conference all season.
Graddy turned recovering fumbles into an art form. He tied a school record against Army with three fumble recoveries. He had five this season which is one shy of the school record of six set in 1978. Graddy had nine fumble recoveries for his career which ties an Academy record.
Graddy is joined on the first team by tight end Adam Strecker, offensive lineman Brett Waller, defensive end Monty Coleman, punter Andrew Martin and kicker Joey Ashcroft. Quarterback Chance Harridge was a second-team selection at running back. Other second-team members include offensive lineman Brett Huyser, defensive backs Jeff Overstreet and Larry Duncan, nose guard Nick Taylor and linebacker Trevor Hightower. Halfback Darnell Stephens and offensive lineman Blane Neufeld were honorable mention selection.