40 Acres Forecast: Garrett Gray

We continue our look at scholarship players on Texas' 2015 roster with TE Garrett Gray.

Garrett Gray

Position:

TE

Height/Weight:

6-foot-3, 226 pounds

High School:

Marble Falls, Texas

Year:

Redshirt Freshman

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2014 Review

Redshirted.

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2015 Preview

Gray has been moved from wide receiver to tight end to help with depth issues at his new position.

Months ago the Longhorns thought they’d be OK at TE with Devonaire Clarington in the fold along with the emergence of Andrew Beck, Blake Whiteley and then DeAndre McNeal coming in and being able to do some things at TE as well.

Fast-forward to present day and Whiteley is lost for the season with an ACL tear, Clarington isn’t enrolled yet, and McNeal has been moved to WR.

Now to further help with depth Texas has moved Caleb Bluiett back over to tight end from his defensive end position, and have firmly planted Alex De La Torre at the position for blocking purposes.

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HD Projection

Gray doesn’t have very much experience playing tight end and is extremely raw when it comes to the blocking responsibilities the position requires.

However, he is really the only true passing threat at the position now that Whiteley is down with injury and McNeal is moved to WR [for the time being at least].

That could create some opportunities for him if he can convince the staff that he is up to the task as far as blocking goes. But he’s got a ways to go there.

Until that gets shored up it’s hard to imagine Gray having that much of an impact on this team this season. If he can get the blocking down so it wouldn’t be a dead giveaway of it being a passing play when he’s in the game, then he could be a guy that could eventually create some matchup problems.

I think he’s a year away even though there are snaps to be had right now.

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How he ended up on the 40 Acres

Gray ended up committing to Texas the day after he was offered. He became the 15th pledge for UT in 2014.

Gray was a consensus three-star prospect but boasted an offers list that more closely resembled that of a four-star (Cal, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, UCLA).

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High School Highlights

Coached by Todd Dodge at Marble Falls High School ... two-time all-state selection … had 160 receptions for 2,588 yards (16.2 ypc) and 37 TDs in two years of football … named first-team 4A All-State by the Associated Press, and second-team by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2013 …No. 40 tight end in the nation by Scout … made 78 receptions for 1,267 yards (16.2 ypc) and 17 TDs as a senior … also had 197 rushing yards and three TDs, along with a 94-yard kickoff return for a TD … info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]

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