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Johnathan Gray | Running Back

Team: Texas Longhorns
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/22/1994
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 215

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Texas senior RB Jonathan Gray hurt his foot in the third quarter on Saturday against West Virginia.
He did not return to the field after suffering the injury. Longhorns coach Charlie Strong didn't provide an update after the game. Interestingly, Strong listed off some players who were injured in the game and who "should be back." Gray was not included on that list. Gray finished with 56 yards on 14 carries. He's 12th all-time on the school's career rushing yards list. Sun, Nov 15, 2015 02:49:00 PM

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Texas senior RB Jonathan Gray was held out of Saturday's scrimmage merely as a precaution.

Gray is currently dealing with nagging ankle and elbow injuries. He probably could have taken part in the scrimmage, but the team's being cautious, as you would expect with somebody of his injury history. He tore his right Achilles tendon in November of 2013 and has been slow to show signs that he's completely returned to the level of explosiveness that made him a five-star recruit out of high school. A year ago, he averaged just 4.3 YPC. Head coach Charlie Strong has made noise about the 5-foot-11, 215-pounder getting 30 carries a game, but it's reasonable to question whether Gray's a back who can handle that kind of load.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 04:00:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter predicts "a big year" for Texas senior RB Johnathan Gray if he's "fully confident in his ability to cut and burst once past the line of scrimmage."

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Gray tore his right ACL during his sophomore season and "just began to show glimpses of his explosive running style near the end of 2014," Reuter wrote. Gray spent most of last year getting up to speed, only rushing for 637 yards (the lowest output of his career) and seven scores on 4.3 YPC (also the lowest). Gray shows flashes of his five-star past when healthy, but he's never healthy (even now he's battling ankle and elbow issues). Texas HC Charlie Strong says Gray could see close to 30 carries per game if his body holds up. We'll see.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 07:00:00 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong suggested senior RB Johnathan Gray could see close to 30 carries per game.

"We have backups, but we'd like to see J. Gray go out and just have a big year," Strong told reporters. The biggest issue will be for Gray to stay healthy. A torn Achilles derailed his promising sophomore season, and many athletes say it takes a full year to recover from that kind of surgery. In three seasons, Gray has averaged 4.65 yards per carry with 15 total touchdowns.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 09:25:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Texas senior RB Johnathan Gray "hasn't done much up to this point as a runner to separate himself as a NFL prospect."

"Gray has good body thickness for the position and has enough athleticism for the next level, but his vision has been spotty, routinely missing run lanes on tape and wasting time going east-west while he searches for daylight. He does a nice job in pass protection, squaring and stonewalling rushers, but hasn't done much up to this point as a runner to separate himself as a NFL prospect," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Gray has rushed for 2,118 yards in the past 3 years for the Longhorns, but underwhelmed in 2014, with a career-low 637 yards rushing.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, May 29, 2015 03:28:00 PM

Texas junior RB Johnathan Gray ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 33-16 win over West Virginia.

A year ago, Gray tore his Achilles tendon against West Virginia. It was a different story in 2014. Gray got his 101 yards on just ten carries, which averages out to 10.1 YPC for anybody who doesn't feel like doing the math. It was the kind of game that Texas envisioned when they recruited the Aledo High School star back in 2012. Before tearing his tendon last November, he was on pace for more than 1,000 yards. This season, Gray's rushed for 546 yards on 113 attempts to go with seven touchdowns. He's slowly regaining his cutting ability and the big plays are a good sign for Gray's future.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 08:50:00 PM

Texas junior RB Johnathan Gray rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Saturday's 28-7 loss to Baylor.

Gray averaged 6.2 yards per carry as Texas' only source of consistent offense in the setback. So long as Tyrone Swoopes continues to struggle, you can figure that the Longhorns will rely on Gray to move the sticks. Gray typically faces loaded boxes because Swoopes hasn't shown he can pick apart defenses through the air. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Gray tore his Achilles tendon last Nov. 9 against West Virginia.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 07:44:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler reports that Texas junior RB Johnathan Gray has been cleared to resume full workouts next week.

The 5-foot-10, 205 pound Gray, tore his achilles tendon on Nov. 9 against West Virginia, and has been cleared to resume full workouts. Before getting injured, the Longhorns prospect was on pace for a 1,000-yard season and was the third-leading rusher in the conference, rushing for 780 yards and four touchdowns on 159 carries. Gray will share most of the workload with RB Malcolm Brown in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 03:56:00 PM

Texas sophomore RB Johnathan Gray will miss the remainder of the season with a right Achilles injury.

Gray was the third-leading rusher in the conference, posting 780 yards and four touchdowns on 159 carries. Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron's workloads will likely see increased workloads.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 08:56:00 AM

Texas sophomore RB Johnathan Gray rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in a 31-30 win over Iowa State.

He added three receptions for 15 yards. Gray started the game with a 45 yard run, but Mack brown seemed to abandon the ground game after that for no real reason. Gray averaged 5.6 yards per carry while another back average nine yards.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 09:51:00 AM

Texas freshman RB Johnathan Gray will be the first ball carrier off the bench to relieve sophomore starter Joe Bergeron due to sophomore Malcolm Brown's injury.

According to ESPN's Carter Strickland, "It's clear Gray has become more comfortable in the offense in the past two weeks." Gray is averaging just over six yards per carry and was a prized recruit coming out of high school. "He trusts that we're going to try to put him in successful situations, and when we do, he's going to go out there and take over and make plays for us," Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin said.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 02:43:00 PM

Prized running back Johnathan Gray made his nearly year-long committment to Texas official.

It was anticlimactic, but Gray officially became a Longhorn on Wednesday. The Gatorade national player of the year and UT's top-rated recruit committed last April. The holder of several national rushing records, Gray concluded his career at Aledo (Texas) High School with 10,908 rushing yards and a record 205 touchdowns on the ground.
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 03:22:00 PM