- Former Minnesota standout MarQueis Gray is being considered by NFL teams at three different positions. Gray has been working out at quarterback, wide receiver and even tight end. He went through skill drills for pro scouts with several other former Gophers teammates on Monday at the annual pre-draft workout session at the university's practice facility. Thirteen NFL teams had a representative in attendance.
Gray says the left ankle he injured in a game last Sept. 15 is still not fully healed, which has hindered his sprinting ability. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds on Monday, more than a half-second faster than his time at the NFL scouting combine last month in Indianapolis. Gray says he's always considered himself a quarterback first, but he's open to any position. - Dane Mizutani, KSTP TV5 News
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One of the most decorated high school recruits to enroll in Minneapolis, Gray (pictured above) has had a rocky career thus far for the Gophers with only nine career passing touchdowns to his name. After seeing time at receiver as an underclassman, he became the starting quarterback last season as a junior and also led the team in rushing with 966 yards on the ground. Gray was a four-star quarterback recruit out of Indianapolis and surprised many when he chose Minnesota over Oregon. After sitting out the 2008 season due to academic issues, he bounced between quarterback and wide receiver as a freshman and sophomore, starting a combined eight games at wideout and tallying 48 catches for 645 yards and six scores. Gray became the starter at quarterback last season as a junior (10 starts), finishing 108-for-213 (50.7%) for 1,495 yards and an 8-8 TD-INT ratio, adding a team-best 966 rushing yards and six scores on the ground. At 6-4 and 250-pounds, Gray looks the part and has very good athleticism for his size, flashing the arm strength to push the ball downfield. However he is very erratic and immature as a passer with poor decision making, mechanics and is in need of extensive development before he is ready to lead an offense at the next level. And because of his weaknesses at quarterback, several teams view Gray as more of a wide receiver prospect, a position he played his first two seasons at Minnesota. Regardless, Gray is an intriguing prospect because of his combination of size, athleticism and raw talent, but he is extremely unpolished and will need a much improve senior season to be drafted next April.
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.