Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Hall of Fame Inductee
|Position:||Hall of Fame Inductee|
|Other Position:||2000 Inductee, Football (1937-39)|
Acquiring the moniker as the "Pendleton Jackrabbit," Graybeal was a United Press All-Coast halfback as a sophomore
in 1937. Weighing just over 150 pounds, he could do almost anything on the gridiron. He ran, passed, caught, punted,
returned kicks and booted extra points, as well as returned interceptions on defense. The Oregonian's legendary L.H.
Gregory called him the "best pass catcher in the Northwest."
Returning the longest punt return for a touchdown at that time, his 90-yard scoring return remained the school's
second-longest ever heading into the 21st century. As a sophomore, Jay led the Ducks in rushing while scoring seven TDs.
It wasn't unusual for him to account for all of his team's scoring in games throughout his three-year career. Bulking up to 165
pounds by the end of his collegiate career, he was named a first-team all-Pacific Coast Conference and honorable mention
United Press All-American as a senior. He declined an offer from the Washington Redskins to return to Pendleton to become
a business leader and civic benefactor.