No Gray area with this one
No Gray area with this one
2010-11-18 00:00:00

By Travis Stewart/Texas Football -- The story of one Cyrus Gray.

I remember when I first spoke with DeSoto grad Cyrus Gray's high school head coach. At the time (2007), it was Dave Meadows, and February's Signing Day was fast approaching. Gray was about to start his career at Texas A&M, known more for speed and elusiveness more than anything else. He was, with no maliciousness intended, one small part of a large group of high school backs who looked to be on target for OK-to-good college careers. 

Meadows changed my mind in a hurry. "Gray," he told me, "is going to play. Right away."

True freshmen don't just wander onto the field in pads, mind you. But Meadows was positive. No doubt in his mind. Gray was so talented, said he, that the coaches wouldn't be able to keep him off the field. I had my doubts, but I tried to keep an open mind heading into the 2008 season. 

Sure enough, Meadows was right. Gray carried the ball 75 times for 363 yards and a score, and ended his freshman season as the team's most dependable tailback. A&M was only 4-8, but Gray still impressed me. On the field, at least. I didn't realize how good of a guy he was until now.

Turns out he's just a good a talent off the field, too, as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jimmy Burch describes in this interesting feature. Who knew that Christine Michael's season-ending injury could skyrocket Gray to levels College Station hasn't seen in years? After all, his performance against Baylor was the top by an Aggie QB since 2005.

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