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Fred Graves
Wide Receivers
College:
Utah
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA
Experience:
13

Bio

Two games into his first season with the Chargers, Fred Graves found himself without the services of the team’s two returning starters as Danario Alexander went down with a season-ending knee injury during training camp and Malcom Floyd suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week 2 in Philadelphia.

Almost seamlessly, however, rookie third-round draft pick Keenan Allen stepped in and began the path toward an NFL Rookie of the Year season. Allen became Graves’ star pupil and went on to set team rookie records for receptions (71) and yards (1,046), while also leading all NFL rookies in catches, yards and touchdown catches (eight). When it was all said and done, Allen earned a host of postseason honors, including two as NFL Rookie of the Year. And the success of the Chargers’ wide receiver corps wasn’t limited to Allen as fellow wideout Eddie Royal also enjoyed a career season. Royal set a career-high and tied Allen for the team lead with eight touchdown catches and he did so on just 47 catches, a touchdown for every 5.9 catches, tied for the sixth-highest ratio in the NFL in 2013.

A native of Los Angeles, Graves played halfback and split end at the University of Utah before embarking on a coaching career that spanned 26 years on the collegiate level, including 19 seasons at Utah. He played from 1969-71, leading the Utes with 45 catches as a senior and graduating with a degree in business.. His wife, Michele, was an All-America pitcher for the Utes, who won 64 games during a career that included a perfect game against rival BYU and a trip to the College World Series in 1985.

Graves landed his first NFL job with Buffalo in 2001. There, Eric Moulds and Peerless Price both posted 1,000-yard seasons and Moulds recorded the first 100-catch season in franchise history. In 2002, Moulds, Price and rookie Josh Reed combined to catch 231 passes for 3,053 yards and 21 scores.

Graves departed Buffalo after the 2003 season and spent a year each in Cleveland and Detroit before taking a year off from coaching in 2006. He returned with Tennessee in 2007 and spent four seasons with the Titans. Carolina (2011-12) was his last stop prior to joining the Chargers. Steve Smith caught 152 passes for 2,568 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons with Graves and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2011.

Graves and Michele have a daughter, Amber, a son, Marcus, and two grandchildren, Tenille and Isaiah.

Two games into his first season with the Chargers, Fred Graves found himself without the services of the team’s two returning starters as Danario Alexander went down with a season-ending knee injury during training camp and Malcom Floyd suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week 2 in Philadelphia.

Almost seamlessly, however, rookie third-round draft pick Keenan Allen stepped in and began the path toward an NFL Rookie of the Year season. Allen became Graves’ star pupil and went on to set team rookie records for receptions (71) and yards (1,046), while also leading all NFL rookies in catches, yards and touchdown catches (eight). When it was all said and done, Allen earned a host of postseason honors, including two as NFL Rookie of the Year. And the success of the Chargers’ wide receiver corps wasn’t limited to Allen as fellow wideout Eddie Royal also enjoyed a career season. Royal set a career-high and tied Allen for the team lead with eight touchdown catches and he did so on just 47 catches, a touchdown for every 5.9 catches, tied for the sixth-highest ratio in the NFL in 2013.

A native of Los Angeles, Graves played halfback and split end at the University of Utah before embarking on a coaching career that spanned 26 years on the collegiate level, including 19 seasons at Utah. He played from 1969-71, leading the Utes with 45 catches as a senior and graduating with a degree in business.. His wife, Michele, was an All-America pitcher for the Utes, who won 64 games during a career that included a perfect game against rival BYU and a trip to the College World Series in 1985.

Graves landed his first NFL job with Buffalo in 2001. There, Eric Moulds and Peerless Price both posted 1,000-yard seasons and Moulds recorded the first 100-catch season in franchise history. In 2002, Moulds, Price and rookie Josh Reed combined to catch 231 passes for 3,053 yards and 21 scores.

Graves departed Buffalo after the 2003 season and spent a year each in Cleveland and Detroit before taking a year off from coaching in 2006. He returned with Tennessee in 2007 and spent four seasons with the Titans. Carolina (2011-12) was his last stop prior to joining the Chargers. Steve Smith caught 152 passes for 2,568 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons with Graves and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2011.

Graves and Michele have a daughter, Amber, a son, Marcus, and two grandchildren, Tenille and Isaiah.

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  • 3/22: WR Coach Fred Graves

    Posted Mar 22, 2013

    New Chargers wide receivers coach Fred Graves talks to Jordan Beane about his thoughts on his wideouts, coaching Mike McCoy in college and more.

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