Nicholls QB Kohen Granier shines in Bryce Young’s shadow at Manning camp

Manning Passing Academy brought some of the biggest names in college football to Thibodaux this weekend.

Famous college football quarterbacks such as Alabama’s Bryce Young, South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler and LSU’s Myles Brennan have captured the attention of members of the media and fans attending Nicholls’ annual camp.

But Kohen Granier, the quarterback for football’s hometown Nicholls, wanted to show off his skills while taking on top college quarterbacks at Manning Camp’s Friday Night Lights passing display at John L. Guidry Stadium. It was the first time he had been invited by Manning Camp to participate in the event.

Grainer hit two of his three shots on a moving target on golf carts at 10, 20 and 40 yards. Other quarterbacks like Young and Rattler missed several attempts on target. Granier and the other quarterbacks also showed their weapons by throwing balls deep into the end zone from 50 yards. Houston’s Clayton Tune won the competition

“You always want to compete in everything you do,” Granier said. “I have a competitive chip on my shoulder coming from a small school, but we’re going to have fun and compete with all these great quarterbacks here. It’s great to finally be able to participate and be a mentor to these kids here at Manning Camp.”

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The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior quarterback from Destrehan had 616 yards and four touchdowns in eight games last season. He split his playing time with former starting quarterback Lindsey Scott, who moved to Incarnate Word after the season.

Granier said he was happy to finally have his chance at a full-time starting quarterback. He spent his first two seasons playing behind former Nicholls star Chase Fourcade, who led Nicholls to Southland Conference championships in 2018 and 2019.

“It’s a great experience,” said Granier. “I sat on the sidelines for years. I finally feel like this is my team. I’ve waited a long time to play this role and I’m just thrilled to get it started.

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Fourcade, who spent time playing for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders this year, said Granier is no longer a hidden secret on Nicholls’ roster.

“It’s great to see him show up like he always does,” Fourcade said. “He has a big role to fill and I will help him anyway. He had a great summer. He has a great cast around him. Everyone does their thing. I can’t wait to see how he plays this fall.

Nicholls quarterback Kohen Granier (right) prepares to throw as Eli Manning looks on during Manning Passing Academy's Friday Night Lights passing demonstration at Nicholls in Thibodaux on June 24.

Granier said Fourcade and Scott helped prepare him for the starting quarterback role.

“These two guys were different quarterbacks,” Granier said. “It’s always good to meet these guys and learn from them. Chase was a very good leader. I learned a lot from him as a leader. He taught me to be a leader every day, no matter how they feel. Lindsey learned how to compete and show off everyday unimportant and be a good teammate at the same time.

Now Granier has said his goals are to help Nicholls compete for another Southland Championship this fall. The Colonels finished 6-5 in 2021.

“The main thing I want to bring to this team is just to bring back the competitive spirit that we had,” Grainer said. “I feel like we’ve kind of moved away from that the last two years. We want to bring that back. I want to do everything to help my team win.

Contact Chris Singleton at 985-857-2213 or [email protected] and on Twitter @courierchris.

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