He threw for 1,387 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2008, despite not winning the starting job until the Prairie View game. Just as damaging, however, were nearly 1,000 yards rushing — whittled down to 676 yards after sacks — and four more TDs on the ground.
But, a year later, the former walkon has had trouble getting back on track, completing less than 60 percent of his passes. He’s run for 110 yards, but had to return all but 29 of them on a sacks.
Meanwhile, Dillon has tossed a league lead-tying 3 picks through two games. Add fumbles, and Dillon has a six turnovers over that span.
“Greg might be trying to do a bit much right now,” third-year Grambling coach Rod Broadway said. “He needs to settle down and get back to playing like he played for us last year, where he’s not trying to win it, but trying to manage the game, and be a leader and be the quarterback.”
This might be the week it all comes together.
Dillon had 177 yards of total offense the last time he played Jackson State, in the 2009 Southwesten Athletic Conference Championship Game — passing for 3 scores and running for another as Grambling won 41-9.
That trend of struggling against athletic quarterbacks has continued for JSU so far this year.
Last week, Jackson save up 101 yards and a touchdown, on just 14 carries, to quarterback Calvin McNairl in a loss to Tennessee State. Mississippi State’s Chris Relf dashed for 82 yards and a score on just 12 tries in JSU’s 2009 season opener.