Marshall reinstates Graham

Published 1:47 am Friday, August 7, 2009

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The start of the football season is a month away and the Marshall Thundering Herd already has a win.

Prize recruit A.J. Graham was found innocent of being part of an armed robbery and his Marshall scholarship has been reinstated.

“Based on today’s development, A.J. will have his scholarship reinstated,” said Herd head coach Mark Snyder. “We look forward to having him join our program and put this unfortunate episode behind him.”

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According to court documents, three men were robbed about 11:45 p.m. on May 23 by two men in a charcoal-colored gray/silver Chevrolet Impala. Records said the three victims were on their way to a party that Graham had attended earlier in the evening.

The investigation found that Graham’s grandmother had a gray Impala registered in her name and the car was found in the driveway of Graham’s home.

However, court records also show the woman testified she drove the car to work the evening of the robbery and didn’t return home until 11:35 p.m. A neighbor confirmed the car didn’t leave after that time.

Court records also said additional witnesses testified Graham attended the party with three other people and left around midnight.

Graham, 18, was the Player of the Year in Florida as a quarterback at Godby High School in Tallahassee. He signed a letter-of-intent with Marshall on Feb. 4.

Graham set school records for a season and career pass completions, pass attempts, passing yardage and touchdown passes. He was 244 of 396 for 3,870 yards and 38 touchdowns last season.