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MarQueis Gray | Quarterback

Team: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215

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49ers signed Minnesota QB/WR MarQueis Gray.
Gray (6-3, 240) shuttled between wide receiver and quarterback for Minnesota and is expected to be a developmental H-back or tight end in the pros. He ran a 4.69 forty with a 1.59 ten-yard split and 30-inch vertical at the Combine. As a sophomore receiver in 2010, Gray caught 42 passes for 587 yards (14.0 YPR) and five touchdowns. He faces long odds on such a deep 49ers roster. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 10:32:00 PM

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Dan Pompei of National Football Post reports some teams are still looking at Minnesota QB MarQueis Gray as a tight end.

Pompei writes that Gray is being looked at as a tight end because of his athleticism. However, when Gray practiced at the position during Texas versus National all-star game practices, he struggled. He was very raw running routes and didn't separate from defenders. It's safe to say Gray is a project.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 04:16:00 PM

Minnesota's MarQueis Gray is listed as a QB for the Combine after practicing as a tight end during the Texas versus Nation all star game.

We feel bad for the receivers that will have to catch his passes in drills. Gray struggled mightily at tight end during all star practices, but his athleticism and experience at receiver points him in that direction in terms of an NFL future.
Source: NFL Combine
Thu, Feb 7, 2013 10:28:00 AM

Minnesota's MarQueis Gray continues to struggle with his transition to TE during Texas versus Nation practices.

"Gray has looked extremely raw running routes and finishing catches," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes. "He did a nice job getting physical in his routes, but struggled to create much separation against defenders and dropped more passes than he caught." Gray played some receiver during his time in college, but the full-time move does not seem to be going well.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 08:38:00 AM

Former Minnesota QB/WR MarQueis Gray will be participating in the Texas versus Nation all star game as a TE.

Gray alternated between quarterback and receiver during his career at Minnesota, but his 6'4/250 pound frame lends itself tot he tight end position. His fluidity, size, and athleticism could shine in this setting, but his blocking likely needs plenty of work.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 10:56:00 AM

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill stated that senior MarQueis Gray will focus on WR for the foreseeable future, but stopped short of ruling out a return to QB.

Kill "made a commitment" to freshman Philip Nelson after removing his redshirt, so Nelson will undoubtedly hold on to the starting quarterback spot if healthy. Gray has played the last two games out wide, catching four passes for 36 yards, but continues to nurse an injured left ankle and knee.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Oct 23, 2012 03:26:00 PM

Minnesota senior QB MarQueis Gray could return to the field Saturday against Northwestern, but likely in a running capacity.

"Would we consider playing Max and (then) MarQueis 15-20 plays? Yeah..." head coach Jerry Kill said. "I don’t know if he’s ready to take a hit." Gray, a former receiver, certainly has the running ability but Max Shortell will likely hang on to the every down duties for now.
Source: Gophers Now
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 12:44:00 PM

Minnesota senior QB MarQueis Gray returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since injuring his left ankle and knee on September 15.

Sophomore Max Shortell took over as the team's starter when Gray went down, and has led the Gopher to two wins in the last three games. Head coach Jerry Kill stated that Gray would only play in certain situations during Saturday's game against Northwestern, if at all. Due to their recent winning ways, it may be difficult to outright replace Shortell as the starter.
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 09:30:00 AM

Despite being carted off the field with his left leg extended Saturday, an MRI revealed no structural damage to Minnesota senior QB MarQueis Gray's left knee.

The new diagnosis is that Gray suffered a left high-ankle sprain and the severity is unknown at this time. The senior could be out for about a month and will be replaced by sophomore Max Shortell who completed 10-of-17 passes for 188 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in relief.
Mon, Sep 17, 2012 09:05:00 AM

Minnesota senior QB MarQueis Gray was carted off the field with his left leg extended during the team's game against Western Michigan.

That is obviously never a good sign, especially for a player that thrives on moving inside and outside the pocket. Sophomore Max Shortell replaced Gray in the starting lineup and has completed 5-of-6 attempts for two touchdowns.
Sat, Sep 15, 2012 02:05:00 PM

Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover said the Gophers "took" some things that made Robert Griffin III successful at Baylor and plan to use them with senior QB Marqueis Gray.

"To be honest with you, we're not going to be like Baylor," Limegrover said. "There are some things we took from them that can definitely help MarQueis as a quarterback." Limegrover did add that the Gophers shortened the playbook this season compared to last year. As a converted receiver, Gray is an excellent athlete that faced some growing pains last season in extended time at quarterback, completing just over 50 percent of his passes including eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 02:50:00 PM

One year after switching from receiver, MarQueis Gray is the Golden Gophers’ most experienced quarterback and a determined leader.

After changing positions last spring, Gray became the primary starting QB in 2011. He knows what to expect this time around and, as he started to demonstrate late last season, he needs to be leader on the field. Gray threw for 1,495 yards with 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions last season. Displaying the athleticism that made him a fine receiver (42 catches) as a sophomore in 2010, Gray also ran for 966 yards and 6 TDs.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 04:07:00 PM

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill indicated he will stay with junior MarQueis Gray, who suffered cramps in the opener against USC, as his starting quarterback.

A largely indifferent performance in his first-career start at quarterback, a start that was shortened due to cramping, will not alter Gray’s status as Minnesota’s starter. The former receiver – 42 receptions, 5 TDs last season – provides the versatility that makes it difficult for coach Jerry Kill not to have Gray starting under center. The question, at least among outsiders, as to who would take the field Saturday against New Mexico State arose thanks to the effort of Max Shortell. The redshirt freshman took over for Gray and led the Gophers back into their game against USC before coming up short, 19-17.
Tue, Sep 6, 2011 06:56:00 PM

Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill says that every position is open for competition, even quarterback.  He went on to say that MarQueis Gray, the team's top candidate for the starting quarterback job is "...going to be an impact player somewhere. If it’s at quarterback, that’s great. I’m all for it. But I can’t tell you that today."

Expect to see Gray as the starting quarterback with a simple playbook as he re-acclimates himself to playing quarterback.
Thu, Mar 24, 2011 09:32:00 AM

Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover had nothing but good things to say about quarterback MarQueis Gray in a recent interview.  Limegrover was asked if he was excited about Gray and responded with "Oh yeah, absolutely. We knew about MarQueis when we were at Northern Illinois... The great thing about it is that he is hungry."

Gray is supremely athletic and could have a big year this year for the Golden Gophers.
Mon, Feb 28, 2011 08:00:00 PM