One of the most highly regarded dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation as a member of the 2008 recruiting class signed with the Gophers in February 2008, but enrolled in January 2009 can make big plays with both his arm and legs possesses the size and arm strength to throw the ball down the field and the athleticism to make a big play when protection breaks down has a career total of 645 yards and six touchdowns recieving has a career total of 396 yards and one touchdown rushing.
2010 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Made appearances in all 12 games including seven starts at wide receiver tallied 42 catches for 587 yards hauled in five touchdowns through the air also had 119 rushing yards on 23 carries while completing two of eight passes for 24 yards in 2010 earned second varsity letter. Game-by-Game: Appeared as a reserve against Middle Tennessee State (9/2) only reception against the Blue Raiders was a 22-yard catch that set up a Minnesota field goal earned second-career start against South Dakota (9/11) and led the receiving corps with nine catches for 91 yards one of three Gophers receivers to haul in a touchdown pass against the Coyotes also lead the team in receiving against USC with four catches for 98 yards including a 22-yard touchdown reception with 11 seconds remaining in the game also recorded a career-long 37-yard reception during Minnesota's first scoring drive against the Trojans again led the Gophers in receiving against Northern Illinois (9/25), breaking the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career tallied eight catches for 117 yards with one touchdown against the Huskies in his second start of the season posted two catches for a total of eight yards against Northwestern (10/2) recorded two receptions for 13 yards against Wisconsin (10/9) including a nine-yard touchdown reception at the end of the first half caught a two-point conversion attempt from Adam Weber with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter against Purdue (10/16) for his only statistic against the Boilermakers hauled in seven catches against Penn State (10/23) for 83 yards including a 25-yard pickup led Minnesota with three catches for 81 yards against Ohio State (10/30) completed 2-of-6 passes for 24 yards against Michigan State (11/6) also ran for 31 yards on five carries and caught one pass -a nine-yard touchdown reception that would be Minnesota's only score of the game against the Spartans gained 40 net yards on the ground against Illinois (11/13) on 10 carries also caught two passes for 32 yards and made one unsuccessful pass attempt against the Illini tallied his first career rushing touchdown in Minnesota's win over Iowa (11/27) while racking up 39 rushing yards on eight carries led the Gophers through the air with three catches for 33 yards.
2009 FRESHMAN SEASON:
Saw action as both a quarterback and wide receiver during his freshman season had a breakout game against Ohio State going 5-of-6 passing for 51 yards and tossing his first TD pass, all career highs also had a career day running ball against Ohio State with career highs of 11 carries and 81 yards scored his first collegiate touchdown on a reception against Cal with 265 yards rushing, he ended the regular season as the team's fourth-leading rusher earned first varsity letter. Game-by-Game: Appeared in first career game as a Golden Gopher in the season opening 23-20 overtime win at Syracuse (9/5) rushed two times for 15 yards in the 20-13 win over Air Force (9/12) scored his first career touchdown in the 35-21 loss to No. 8 Cal (9/19), when he lined up as a wide receiver and caught a seven-yard TD pass from Eric Decker to tie the game at 21-21 in the third quarter in the 35-24 win at Northwestern (9/26) rushed five times for 33 yards including a long of 18 in the 35-20 win over Purdue, attempted his first career pass and rushed once for one yard appeared in the 20-0 loss at No. 14 Penn State (10/17), did not tally any statistics in the 38-7 loss to No. 18 Ohio State (10/24) rushed for a team, and career-high 81 yards, including a long of 27 and completed 5-of-6 passes for 51 yards and the Gophers only touchdown on a pass to Troy Stoudermire in the 42-34 win over Michigan State (10/31), carried the ball eight times for 23 yards in the 16-13 win over South Dakota State (11/14) rushed seven times for 47 yards to average a game-best 7.8 yards per carry in the 12-0 loss to Iowa (11/21), finished as the team's second leading rusher with 23 yards on seven carries caught two passes for 37 yards, ran for 34 yards (an average of 11.3 yards per carry) and was 1-of-2 passing for 11 yards vs. Iowa State at the Insight Bowl.
Attended Ben Davis High School, where he was a three-year starter rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals also the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 1 player in the state of Indiana by Rivals received four stars from Scout, which ranks him as the nation's No. 14 high school quarterback ESPN.com's No. 13 quarterback nationally selected to participate in the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp played in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl, completing 3-of-7 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 41 yards and a TD missed the majority of his senior season after suffering a broken bone in his non-throwing arm saw action in just five games during 2007, including three after returning from the injury connected on 26-of-41 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns also rushed for 302 yards on 64 carries with four TDs and caught five passes for 86 yards and a score completed 73 of 140 passes for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, while rushing for 603 yards and seven touchdowns on 127 carries earned honorable mention Class 5A all-state honors won the Giants' starting quarterback job midway through his sophomore year in 2005 and ended the season with 959 yards passing coached by Coach Mike Kirschner.
Born November 7, 1989 son of Lisa and Donald Gray youth studies major.
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