Gray, a 6-foot-4 offensive lineman, discovered that he had a hernia just weeks before the start of his senior season.
"I just felt a sharp pain while I was on the second hole of playing golf," said Gray. "And then I got a real bad headache. I went to the doctor the next day and that was basically how I found out. They told me it was going to happen either way."
Obviously, Gray isn't happy about missing any games of his senior season.
"I feel real bad that I can't play with my team right now," said Gray. "I'm glad that I have the weight of colleges off my shoulders so I don't have to worry about that and the injury."
The North Carolina coaches have been sympathetic to Gray's situation.
"They told me just to keep my head up and everything's just going to get better," said Gray.
Balancing a work schedule on the weekends, Gray wasn't able to attend the Tar Heels' season opener last weekend and won't be in Chapel Hill this weekend for the Virginia Tech game. He said he has, however, circled the N.C. State game on his calendar as a must-attend game.