Assistant Coach (Quarterbacks) • Third Year • Cal Poly '17
Recruiting Area: Sacramento
Dano Graves, who lettered three years at Cal Poly and redshirted the 2015 season, was hired as the Mustangs' quarterbacks coach prior to the 2017 Spring Camp.
In his final season (2016) on the playing field, Graves led Cal Poly to a 7-5 overall mark and the Mustangs' fourth Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth, completing 63 percent of his passes for 1,475 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to second-team All-Big Sky Conference honors.
The Folsom High School graduate finished No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference in passing efficiency and the team captain was named the team's most valuable player and most inspirational player.
"With his playing experience at quarterback, Dano has demonstrated his skills and knowledge with the position and he has the ability to coach," Mustang head coach Tim Walsh said. "The players love him."
Graves was 97 of 153 through the air and also rushed 157 times for 686 yards and nine more scores as the Mustang offense averaged 471 yards and 35 points per game during the 2016 season. He surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing three times and was intercepted just four times.
A 2015 redshirt, Graves was a backup as a junior in 2014 and started five games as a sophomore, completing 45 of 75 passes for 416 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 68 times for 367 yards.
Graves attended the Air Force Academy for two years, playing on the Prep School team in 2011 and the Falcons' junior varsity squad in 2012, before transferring to Cal Poly.
At Folsom High, Graves was named 2010 MaxPreps National Player of the Year after passing for 3,702 yards and 62 touchdowns and rushing for 994 yards and 23 more scores. His 85 touchdowns is a state record and Graves led Folsom to a 14-1 record and the state Division II championship.
Graves also accumulated 4,756 yards and 66 touchdowns rushing and passing as a junior in 2009 and compiled 23 games of 200-plus yards passing and five games of 100-plus yards rushing in his prep career. He also played baseball at Folsom, hitting .320 as a senior in 2011.
Both of Graves' parents are Cal Poly graduates. His father, David, was a three-year starting safety for the Mustangs from 1987-89.
Graves, 26, graduated in March 2017 with a Cal Poly degree in industrial technology.