The Path to Norman
Eric Gray, out of Memphis, Tennessee, was a highly-ranked 4* running back in the 2019 class. He received his first offer years before his signing day, way back in April, 2015. After a host of offers, he committed to Michigan in the summer of 2018. For roughly six months, he stayed committed to the Wolverines, but made a lot of visits, specifically to the home state Volunteers. In December, a couple months before signing day, he switched to Tennessee. Gray had won the state’s Mr. Football honor three times and was an Army All-American back. However, after two seasons with the Volunteers, he was part of a mass exodus and landed with the Sooners.
Career so Far
Gray played right away his freshman season, appearing in all 13 games. He was first on the team in rushing touchdowns, second in rushing yards, third in carries, and first in YPC. Gray also factored into the receiving game, finishing fifth in receptions and receiving yards and tied for third in receiving touchdowns. Needless to say, he was a big part of the offense, earning PFF All-Freshman Team honorable mention and the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl MVP for his efforts.
During his sophomore campaign, Gray was an even bigger factor in the offense; he accounted for 30% of all rushing and receiving yards. Eric led the team in all rushing categories and was their second-leading receiver, playing in all games but one.
Position: Running Back
Stats via utsports.com
TFB’s Charlie broke down some film on Gray to show Sooner fans what they’re getting. Spoiler alert: it’s good. Gray and Kennedy Brooks are going to be the starting running backs throughout the season, both ready to contribute heavily. One area Gray might stand out is in the passing game, as he is truly an all-around back. The pair will be asked to carry quite the load, as OU’s running back depth has dropped to dangerous levels. However, expect Gray to have an exciting year for OU in what could very well be his only season in Norman.