Graves throws 100th career TD pass

By: Matt Long
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Before Folsom High’s football team’s first scrimmage last season, coach Kris Richardson wasn’t sure who would be the starting quarterback in the team’s season-opening game against Davis. Dano Graves and Tanner Trosin were in competition for the job with Richardson basically saying whoever played better in the scrimmage would get the starting nod. Richardson went with Graves and two seasons later, Graves has rewarded Richardson with 100 touchdown passes in 24 games as the team's starting quarterback. He also threw a touchdown as a sophomore wide receiver, as he enters Friday's game against Vacaville with 101 career touchdown passes. "If you would have told me at the beginning of last season that I'd throw 100 touchdown passes I wouldn't have believed you," Graves said. "I'm excited about it. If it weren't for having great, athletic receivers and a big offensive line, I wouldn't have been able to do it, though." Graves' 100th touchdown pass came in the third quarter of Folsom's 56-13 win over Roseville on Friday, a 24-yard pass to Carson McMurtrey, his first touchdown reception of the season. "Carson was second in my progression," Graves explains. "I had Kori (Babineaux) on a slant, but Carson was a hitch-and-go on the other side of the field and he split the two safeties and I got it to him." Graves is a confident and cerebral player who has put a great deal of time in perfecting his trade. Outside of team practice, he worked with former Folsom coach, Cal great and NFL quarterback Troy Taylor for an hour every weekend over the summer and also threw to his receivers when he had some down time. On defensive practice days, he also works on throwing routes. "A big part of my success, (besides my receivers and linemen) is my ability to escape the pocket all the while keeping my eyes down the field," Graves said. "My receivers know how to get open. " Despite his outstanding statistics, Graves said he's still got room to improve, which is perhaps why he's as good as he is - he never stops working to get better. "I'd like to improve my pocket presence and just be able to stay in the pocket longer," Graves said.