While Gray appeared in 49 games for the Aggies, the senior finished his career as the school’s third-leading rusher with 3,298 yards and 632 carries, tying for seventh all-time with 30 touchdowns. Unselfish to a fault, he accomplished those figures while starting 29 contests.
Gray closed out his career ninth in team annals with 103 receptions. Adding to his resume, he is A&M’s career-record holder with 2,349 yards gained via kickoff returns. His low center of gravity and leg drive saw him find the end zone to the tune of 236 points, ninth-best in Aggies history.
The tailback amassed 6,423 all-purpose yards, the third-best total in Big 12 Conference history. Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision performers, he ranks ninth in rushing attempts, 13th in rushing yardage, 18th in rushing touchdowns, seventh in all-purpose plays (834), fifth in all-purpose yardage , 12th in kickoff returns (99) and kickoff return yardage. His 38 total touchdowns tied Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd and San Diego State tailback Ronnie Hillman for second among active NCAA FBS players.
The consummate team player first gained national attention during his senior season at DeSoto (Tex.) High School. He was an honorable mention Class 5A All-State quarterback on the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writer's Association squads in 2007, and rushed for 1,975 yards and 28 touchdowns. Named to The Dallas Morning News first team all-area unit as a utility back, he was also a member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Super Team in that same role.
As a junior, Gray was named to the Texas Sports Writer's Association All-State second-team as a kick returner and third team as a running back. During his award winning junior campaign, he ran for 1,482 yards and 31 touchdowns while also hauling in 38 passes for 436 yards and two more scores. In his final two seasons, he accounted for 67 total touchdowns, highlighted by his explosive performance vs. Abilene in the third round of the 2007 playoffs, when he ran for 256 yards and five touchdowns.
Gray made an immediate impact at Texas A&M during his freshman season in 2008. He started eight of the 12 games he appeared in, receiving second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors, as he totaled 363 yards with a score on 75 carries and caught ten passes for 60 yards. He made his biggest presence felt on special teams, setting the school season-record with 1,169 yards gained on 49 kickoff returns (23.86 avg) that included a 98-yard touchdown. His average of 125.0 all-purpose yards per game was good for seventh in the conference.
Gray started nine times as a sophomore, ranking second on the squad with 159 rushes for 757 yards (4.76 ypc) and five touchdowns. He increased his receptions total to 28, scoring twice through the air, ranking fifth in the league with a 23.79- yard average on 27 kickoff returns, taking one back 99 yards for a score vs. Colorado. The league’s coaches named him All-Big 12 honorable mention, as he generated 125.0 all-purpose yards per game.
The 2010 campaign saw Gray start seven more contests, and gained 1,133 yards (eighth-best season total in school history) on 200 carries (5.67 ypc) that included 12 touchdowns. He was fourth on the squad with 34 catches for 251 yards (7.38 ypc) and a score. He even showed off his high school quarterback arm, tossing a 14-yard touchdown vs. Louisiana State. As a kickoff returner, he averaged 24.82 yards on 17 attempts. He also tallied a career-best 1,806 all-purpose yards, ranking fourth in the Big 12 with an average of 138.92 yards per game.
In 2011, he led the team with 198 carries for 1,045 yards (11th on the school season-record chart), averaging 5.28 yards per attempt while again rushing for 12 touchdowns. He snared 31 passes for 239 yards (7.71 ypc) and three scores, totaling 90 points for the schedule. He had six kickoff returns (19.33 avg) and 1,400 all-purpose yards.
Gray started 29-of-49 games at Texas A&M, collecting 3,298 yards with 30 touchdowns on 632 carries (5.22 ypc), 776 yards and six scores on 103 receptions (7.53 ypc), 2,349 yards with two touchdowns on 99 kickoff returns (23.73 avg) and 6,423 all-purpose yards, an average of 131.08 yards per game…Completed a 14-yard touchdown and scored 236 points while delivering 38 total touchdowns…Ranks third in school history in rushing yardage and carries, topped by Darren Lewis (909 tries for 5,012 yards; 1987-90) and Curtis Dickey (697 for 3,703; 1976-79)…His 1,133 yards in 2010 and 1,045 in 2011 rank eighth and 11th, respectively, on the school season-record chart…Gray’s 30 touchdown runs tied Courtney Lewis (2003-06), Joel Hunt (1925-27) and Bucky Richardson (1987-91) for seventh in A&M annals…Ranks ninth in Aggies history with 103 receptions…Holds the school all-time record with 2,349 yards gained via kickoff returns, joining Jeremy Maclin of Missouri (2,049 yards; 2007-08), Marcus Herford of Kansas (2,075; 2005-08), Josh Davis of Nebraska (2,265; 2000-03) and Perrish Cox of Oklahoma State (2,804; 2006-09) as the only Big 12 Conference performers to gain over 2,000 kickoff return yards in a career…His 99 kickoff returns rank second in conference history behind Perrish Cox (117)…Set the school season-record as a freshman with 1,169 kickoff return yards, shattering the previous mark of 644 yards by Kerry Franks in 2007…His 1,169 yards are surpassed by only Josh Smith of Colorado (1,276 in 2008) on the league’s annual record list…Gray’s 642 kickoff return yards in 2010 rank third on that annual record chart…Ranks ninth on the school career-record list with 236 points…One of four Big 12 Conference players to gain over 6,000 all-purpose yards (6,423) in a career, joining Darren Sproles of Kansas State (6,812 yards; 2001-04), DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma (6,718; 2007-10) and Cedric Benson of Texas (6,161; 2001-04)…His 99-yard kickoff return vs. Colorado in 2009 is the eighth-longest runback in school history, while his 98-yarder vs. Oklahoma in 2008 ranks tenth…Picked up 223 yards rushing vs. Texas in 2010, the fifth-best game total by an Aggies running back…His 218-yards rushing vs. Kansas State in 2011 placed seventh on that game-record chart…His 84-yard run from scrimmage vs. Texas in 2010 is the tenth longest in school annals.
All-Big 12 Conference second-team selection, marking the third-straight year he received league honors…Gray appeared in 11 games, starting five contests…Led the team in rushing with 1,045 yards (11th on the school season-record chart), toting the ball 198 times (5.28 ypc) with 12 touchdowns…Finished fourth on the squad with 31 receptions for 239 yards (7.71 ypc) and three scores…Attempted one pass vs. Baylor and returned six kickoffs for 116 yards (19.33 avg)…Scored 90 points and recorded a solo tackle in the Baylor clash…Ranked fourth in the conference with an average of 127.27 all-purpose yards per game, and fourth with a rushing average of 95.0 yards per contest… Helped the team finish seventh in the nation in total offense (490.23 ypg), 11th in scoring (39.08 ppg) and 24th in rushing (199.15 ypg)…Ran for over 100 yards five times, including 213 yards (seventh-highest game total by an Aggie) with two touchdowns on 30 runs vs. Kansas State.
Named to "watch lists" for Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award and the Pony Express Award (with Ryan Tannehill and Jeff Fuller), Gray was an All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention for the second-consecutive year…Ranked sixth in the league, but led the team with 200 carries for 1,133 yards (eighth-best on the school season-record list), averaging 5.67 yards while scoring 12 times…Had a career-high 34 receptions for 251 yards (7.38 ypc) and a score…Completed his first collegiate pass attempt for a 14-yard touchdown vs. Louisiana State in the Cotton Bowl…Ranked fifth in the league with a 24.82-yard average on 17 kickoff returns totaling 422 yards…Scored 78 points and recorded two solo tackles (one each vs. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech)…Placed fourth in the Big 12 with 1,806 all-purpose yards, an average of 138.92 yards per game…Starting the final seven games, Gray ran for at least 100 yards in each contest.
Gray received All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention from the league’s coaches, as he started nine games, appeared in 13 and finished second on the team with 757 yards and five touchdowns on 159 carries (4.76 ypc)…Snatched 28 passes for 226 yards (8.07 ypc) and a pair of scores…His 642 kickoff return yards rank third on the school season-record list, averaging 23.78 yards on 27 chances that included a 99-yard touchdown (eighth-longest in A&M annals) vs. Colorado…Ran for 100 yards in three contests – 131 with three scores on 25 tries, adding 41 yards on four catches vs. Texas Tech; 119 yards on 21 chances along with a seven-yard scoring grab vs. Iowa State; 107 yards on 14 runs vs. Baylor…Helped the team rank fifth in the nation in total offense (465.77 ypg), as he piled up 1,625 all-purpose yards, an average of 125.0 yards per game.
Gray earned second-team All Big 12 Conference honors from the San Antonio Express-News…Played primarily running back but also saw time as a slot receiver and took snaps at quarterback...Carried the ball 75 times for 363 yards (4.84 ypc) and also caught ten passes for 60 yards...Set a Texas A&M record with 1,169 kickoff return yards on 49 attempts (23.86 avg), including a 98-yard return for a touchdown vs. Oklahoma...Gray led the team and set a school freshman record with 1,592 all-purpose yards including 294 vs. Oklahoma.
Gray attended DeSoto (Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Dave Meadows…Honorable mention Class 5A All-State quarterback on the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writer's Association squads in 2007, and rushed for 1,975 yards and 28 touchdowns…Named to The Dallas Morning News first-team all-area unit as a utility back, he was also a member of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Super Team in that same role…As a junior, Gray was named to the Texas Sports Writer's Association All-State second-team as a kick returner and third-team as a running back… During his award winning junior campaign, he ran for 1,482 yards and 31 touchdowns while also hauling in 38 passes for 436 yards and two more scores…In his final two seasons, he accounted for 67 total touchdowns, highlighted by his explosive performance vs. Abilene in the third round of the 2007 playoffs, when he ran for 256 yards and five touchdowns.
Agricultural Leadership and Development major…Son of Sharonia and Charles Gray… Born Cyrus Danall Gray on 11/18/89 in DeSoto, Texas.