The Pittsburgh coaches and fans can only hope that Kolby Gray makes as big an impact on the football field, and while that might not happen immediately the Panthers are counting on Gray to improve their quarterback play in the future.
And Gray, who has added about 10 pounds of muscle on his 6-foot-2 frame to 195 pounds, is prepared to do whatever is needed to make that impact.
"I'm here, and I can't wait to get started,'' Gray said while watching Pitt's prospects camp Saturday afternoon. "I think I've worked really hard in the off-season to prepare for this, so I'm looking forward to summer workouts.
"I have to get in here and learn the system, start running and get into shape for camp. I'm looking forward to getting together with the other guys for our summer workouts this week, and hopefully things will take off from there.''
When told that Pitt's strength and conditioning coaches are expected to put him through rigorous workouts this summer, Gray welcomed the challenge.
"I've been training three days a week, as far as weights, and throwing on the other days,'' Gray said. "But I've been very anxious to get up here and learn the system. I know they have good summer workouts, the players work very hard on conditioning and with 7-on-7s, but I have to learn the plays first.''
Gray appears to be in great shape going into Pitt's summer workouts.
"There's no doubt we'll be working out together and spending all summer together, and I'm really looking forward to that. I have to learn the system, but I can't wait to get started. It's going to be a lot of hard work, but I have to be ready when camp starts. And like I've said, I'm really looking forward that.''
Gray chats up a few recruits at Pitt's prospects camp.
Gray appeared to be extremely anxious to get started. While watching the camp practice sessions, he constantly held a football, patted it and tossed it around to himself. One got the impression that he would have jumped into a few drills if he got the opportunity. Instead, he talked to the other players and Pitt coaches.
Gray looks to step into a passing drill during Pitt's prospects camp
"I like to work out, so I can't wait to get down to business here,'' Gray said. "I'll also take a couple classes, but I'm not really sure what they are. I want to work toward a degree in communications, I think, so that's how I'll start out.
"I've been watching the camps all weekend, all these players out here on the fields, and there definitely were times that I wanted to get out there and throw the ball around with them. So, I can't wait to get to work this week.''
While Gray and redshirt freshman Tino Sunseri are the youngest and least experienced among Pitt's quarterback group this year, they appear to have the biggest up-side with strong arms and excellent mobility.
Only time will tell if they upgrade Pitt's play at the quarterback position.
Kolby Gray Hopes To Learn Quickly
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