2017 NFL Draft

MarQueis Gray, QB

School: Minnesota  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 240 lbs.
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03/05/2013 - 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

03/05/2013 - 2013 Minnesota Pro Day: Former Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray is trying to impress teams ahead of next month's NFL Draft, but he acknowledged Monday that he's still recovering from a left-ankle injury. Gray lowered his 40-yard dash time to 4.67 seconds at Minnesota's annual Pro Day, down from 4.73 seconds at last month's NFL Combine. He said when the ankle is fully recovered, his time should be closer to 4.5 seconds.

The high-ankle sprain he suffered last season was starting to feel better before he re-aggravated it in the bowl game, Gray said. He went from there to Florida to train for the combine. "It's getting there, but I just don't have time to rest it right now because I'm working every day," Gray said.

Gray went through drills at quarterback, wide receiver and tight end Monday, with officials from 13 NFL teams, including the Vikings, on hand to watch. What position gives Gray the best shot at the next level? "I really have no idea," he said. "At the combine, I did some good things throwing the ball. And today, I did some good things catching the ball. So I look at that as a double win for me. Being athletic and being able to do some of the things I've done -- that's a positive for me." - Joe Christensen, The Minnesota Star Tribune

03/05/2013 - 2013 Minnesota Pro Day: Predraft workouts can't mask the fact that Gray was extremely inconsistent during his Gophers career and continues to wage an uphill battle to be drafted next month. NFLDraftScout.com projects Gray as a better tight end candidate, and he did work out as a pass-catcher Monday, which is a more likely route toward securing a look as a priority free agent after the draft. He lacks the top-end speed to succeed as a wideout, although Gray claims he can run in the 4.5s when completely healthy. "That works for me," Gray said of potentially playing tight end. "As long as I'm on a roster and playing and the coaches like what I'm doing, that's all good for me."

Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was also on-hand, and he said all 32 NFL teams are still trying to determine where Gray would be a potential position fit. "That remains to be seen," Musgrave told the Pioneer Press when asked if Gray can play quarterback in the NFL. "He has a lot of good experience, and he's a terrific athlete. He did very well at the combine -- very sharp in the interviews." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

03/05/2013 - 2013 Minnesota Pro Day: Gray made it clear he's willing to play whatever position an NFL team wants. But if he had his pick? "I'm always going to be a quarterback," he said. "I love playing quarterback. Receiver's probably my second one because I don't have to get into a three-point stance. But if a coach asks me to do it [at tight end], then it's something I'm going to have to do." In coming weeks, Gray could get asked to work out for various NFL teams at their facilities. He'll keep trying to improve his stock. The draft is April 25-27. - Joe Christensen, The Minnesota Star Tribune

03/05/2013 - Here is Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who attended the Gophers' Pro Day on Monday, March 4, to scout University of Minnesota seniors and players from other colleges ... On which position he believes Gophers quarterback/ wide receiver MarQueis Gray would play in the NFL: "That's what all 32 teams are trying to ascertain right now -- where he might fit best. We're going to keep doing work on him. We watched a lot of film on him, and he had a good career."

On whether Gray's 40-yard dash time of 4.67 at Pro Day and 4.73 at the scouting combine diminish his chances to play wide receiver in the NFL: "That remains to be seen. I know all the teams will test him and watch his film and try to project him in a certain role in the NFL."

On whether Gray can play quarterback in the NFL: "That remains to be seen. He has a lot of good experience, and he's a terrific athlete. He did very well at the combine -- very sharp in the interviews." - Bob Sansevere, The Pioneer Press

03/05/2013 - 2013 Minnesota Pro Day: Gray says he's always considered himself a quarterback first, but he's open to any position. "I'm always going to be a quarterback, but a receiver is probably my second one," Gray said. "But if a coach asks me to it, then that's something I'll have to do." According to Vikings quarterback coach Craig Johnson, this is just one part of the process - show he can throw, not about reading defenses yet. "It's hard to really tell because we really didn't get into the Xs-and-Os part of it," Johnson said. "But we were really looking forward just to see if he had the natural skills to be able to throw all the necessary throws, and then you can watch tape and find out what his decision making is like."

But he's keenly aware he may be asked to catch the football - a big target who's split time at the positions in his college career. And Gray believes that's what makes him more marketable. "I've been getting a lot of feedback from quarterback, tight end and receivers. So, I mean, I think it's just helping me out in the long run," he said. - Mike Max, CBS Minnesota

03/05/2013 - 2013 Minnesota Pro Day: MarQueis Gray continued his longshot bid to become an NFL quarterback by working out in front of representatives from 13 teams at Minnesota's pro day Monday. Gray scored a coveted invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine last month, and he showed off his athleticism with a 4.73-second 40-yard dash and 4.30-second 20-yard dash -- both among the best of the quarterbacks in Indianapolis despite a nagging ankle injury he aggravated in Minnesota's loss in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 28. He improved that 40 time slightly to 4.67 on Monday.

Gray has excellent size at 6-feet-3 and 240 pounds, and the size/athleticism combination helped to draw NFL scouts to Monday's workout. "We were really looking ... to see if he had the natural skills to be able to throw all of the necessary throws," Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson told the Minnesota Daily. Johnson said Gray moved well and impressed with his touch on deep passes. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

03/05/2013 - 2013 Minnesota Pro Day: MarQueis Gray 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. Former Minnesota standout MarQueis Gray is being considered by NFL teams at three different positions. Gopher cornerback Michael Carter was also out to showcase his skills. "Probably more of speed than anything, because I think I really well on my quick exchange - like short shuttles," Carter said.

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. - Mike Max, CBS Minnesota

01/01/2013 - With the Gophers' season over, the graduating seniors can focus now on the possibility of extending their football careers. Quarterback/receiver MarQueis Gray announced via Twitter on Monday that he "Just got the news that I'm officially invited to the NFL Combine! Time to get busy!"

But he's not the only Gopher expected to showcase his talents for NFL scouts. In fact, thanks to the NFL's new, expanded talent scouting process, nearly every senior can be evaluated by professional talent-hunters.

Gray has presumably been invited to the National Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, a weeklong workout-and-interview session for roughly 300 prospects which begins Feb. 20 in Indianapolis. That's where most of the top prospects for next April's NFL draft will go, hoping to solidify their professional prospects, and where Gray will attempt to impress scouts with his physical stature and ability. His case will be particularly interesting, given that his position as a pro -- receiver? tight end? linebacker? running back? Wildcat quarterback? -- has not been established. - Phil Miller, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

12/28/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR MarQueis Gray hasn't been the same player since spraining an ankle in the third game of the season. The injury led to the decision to move him to receiver, the position he played in his first two seasons, but the ankle still hobbled him and he was never close to full speed. Gray was projected to be a receiver in the NFL before the injury. The time off should help him get ready for his final college game. - The Sports Xchange

10/25/2012 - Minnesota QB MarQueis Gray won't be starting under center against Purdue on Saturday. But that doesn't mean the elite athlete won't have the chance to make a huge impact on Minnesota's passing game. The electric open-field runner was shifted back to receiver last week, and coach Jerry Kill announced he expects the senior to remain split wide the rest of the season. So while Gray won't be throwing many more passes this year, he hopes to play a large role in helping them get completed. Minnesota (4-3 0-3 Big Ten) hosts Purdue (3-4, 0-3) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. "I've always been a quarterback," Gray told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I love having the ball in my hands on every play. Being a receiver, that doesn't happen, so if I have a chance to go back to quarterback to make some plays -- even as a wildcat -- that would be (nice)." Gray has been hampered by a nagging left ankle injury this season and has struggled to be a consistent part of the attack. He has passed for 464 yards with five touchdowns against two interceptions while rushing for 320 yards and three scores. But the former four-star recruit is generating more buzz with the three catches for 20 yards he posted last week in a 38-13 loss at Wisconsin. Gray made 42 catches for 587 yards with five touchdowns in 2010 before shifting to quarterback full-time last season. "The problem is, we can't put him at wide receiver and (have him) throw to himself," Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover told the newspaper. "He provided a spark when he caught a pass. He provided a spark when he's back there running around. It's a matter of where it all fits together. You don't want to stunt his development, but at the same time you want to make sure there are different ways to get the ball into his hands." - Dave Carey, CBSSports.com

09/17/2012 - As MarQueis Gray was laying face-down on the TCF Bank Stadium turf, Gophers doctors feared the worst: a broken left leg. But the senior quarterback's injury turned out to be far less serious, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill said Sunday. An MRI on his left leg found no broken bones and no structural damage to his knee. Gray's injury is believed to be a high ankle sprain, and while that's a condition that normally requires two to four weeks of recovery, Kill pointed out that Gray has returned from injuries quickly in the past. "He's a tough, tough kid," Kill said of his starting quarterback. "He bounced back off turf toe (last season) pretty good, (and) most people don't." The Gophers, 3-0 after yesterday's 28-23 victory over Western Michigan, began preparation for next Saturday night's game with Syracuse, and Kill sounded as though he doesn't expect Gray to be in uniform. "With what we know and where he's at, we'll get Max (Shortell) ready to go and Philip (Nelson) ready to go, and go that direction until we're told differently." Gray was taken to the locker room on a cart after the second-quarter injury suffered while he tried to carry the ball for additional yardage, and spent the second half on crutches. "He got bent back, where his body was going one way," Kill said. "His whole leg went completely numb." But Gray told Kill after the game that the injury wasn't serious, and athletic trainer Ed Lochrie tentatively confirmed the diagnosis after consulting with physicians about Gray's MRI. Lochrie plans additional consultations, Kill said, but for now, the Gophers are proceeding as though Gray will return within a few weeks. "High ankle sprains are usually a month," Kill said. "Now, how bad the sprain is, is (the question). There are different degrees. I don't think anybody knows the degree (yet). We'll see if he's swelled up, how he moves on Monday." - Phil Miller, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

09/15/2012 - Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray has left the game with an apparent injury to his left leg. Gray got hurt late in the second quarter against Western Michigan on Saturday, when he faked a throw, turned to run and ran into his right tackle Josh Campion. Gray went down in a pile of defenders and stayed on the turf in pain until limping off with assistance, with the Gophers trailing 10-7. Team trainers looked at the lower part of Gray's left leg, and he rode off on a cart for further examination. The senior was replaced by sophomore Max Shortell, who led the Gophers on two scoring drives capped by touchdown passes before halftime to take a 21-10 lead. - AP Sports

09/11/2012 - The Gophers still have to clean up a few issues when it comes to sloppiness. Minnesota fumbled four times, but lost only one when running back James Gillum coughed it up deep in New Hampshire territory. Quarterback MarQueis Gray also dropped two snaps from center and Minnesota was whistled for 12 men on the field. Coach Jerry Kill certainly won't overlook the mistakes even though the Gophers won the game handily. "We had 12 men on the field," Kill said. "There's no excuse for that. Yes, if we want to be good that's part of discipline. If I recall, we had two dropped snaps. We had a turnover. We had two penalties. If you want to be really, really good you can't do that and win games. Those things need to be corrected." QUOTE TO NOTE: "I just saw MarQueis. I've known him for three years now, and I just saw the goofy MarQueis come out and play football like he knows how." -- RB Donnell Kirkwood, on quarterback MarQueis Gray, who accounted for four touchdowns in the 44-7 win over New Hampshire. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - LOOKING GOOD: Quarterback MarQueis Gray accounted for four touchdowns -- two on the ground and two in the air. The senior ran untouched up the middle 75 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter after New Hampshire cut the lead to 9-7. Gray burst through a huge hole and outran the secondary to the end zone. He later ran 11 yards for a score. Gray had only eight pass attempts, but that included a 27-yard TD to Isaac Fruechte and a two-yard score to John Rabe. He completed six passes. The performance marked a good bounce-back game for Gray, who overthrew several open receivers in the opener against UNLV, in which the Gophers pulled out a 30-27 win in three overtimes. "I feel like last week if I would have made those throws we wouldn't have gone into overtime," Gray said. "We won the game, that's all that matters, but I knew that I was able to make those throws, and the defense did a really great job for us getting the ball back. I was down, but I picked myself up this week and continued to play throughout this game." - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2012 - MarQueis Gray threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more by halftime, and Minnesota finally enjoyed an easy victory over an FCS-level opponent by beating New Hampshire 44-7 on Saturday, the most points in a game by the Gophers in five years. Gray passed only eight times but completed six for 100 yards and scores to Isaac Fruechte and John Rabe. Gray also gained 109 yards on 17 rushing attempts, including a 75-yard untouched burst through the middle of the line for a momentum-swinging touchdown at the end of the first quarter. Donnell Kirkwood ran for 70 yards and a third-quarter score on 17 carries for the Golden Gophers (2-0), who had lost three of their last five games against FCS teams. Backup quarterback Andy Vailas was 18 for 34 for 158 yards and an interception for the Wildcats (1-1). Gray took two sacks and fumbled three times but recovered all of them. He was on target with his passes, most importantly, after misfiring on several potential touchdown throws in the opener at UNLV. The Gophers had to rally and win 30-27 in triple overtime, in part because of Gray's early inaccuracy. - AP Sports

09/05/2012 - KEEP AN EYE ON: The offense piled up 478 total yards, but didn't cash in on several opportunities. Most of that falls on quarterback MarQueis Gray, who completed 17-of-30 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns, but came up a little short on big plays. He overthrew several open receivers, especially on deep passes and had an interception. To his credit, both of Gray's touchdown throws came in overtime to tight end John Rabe. Several drives stalled. Minnesota punted seven times. QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's been on target in camp. You get juiced up, and that ball instead of being right on the money is a foot or a yard (off)." -- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, on quarterback MarQueis Gray's performance against UNLV, in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: New Hampshire at Minnesota, Sept. 8 -- The Gophers can't get caught looking ahead in the first-ever matchup between the teams. New Hampshire qualified for the FCS playoffs last season and finished 8-4. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Gophers must stop New Hampshire quarterback Sean Goldrich, who had a solid performance against Holy Cross. He completed 21-of-31 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns while picking up 71 yards on the ground. Receiver R.J. Harris caught 12 passes for 102 yards and a score. Minnesota's running game will be tested. New Hampshire allowed 75 yards rushing in the opener. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB MarQueis Gray -- The senior had mixed results in the opener. He completed 17-of-30 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores came in overtime to tight end John Rabe. However, Gray left the chance for several big plays on the field when he overthrew open receivers, particularly on deep passes. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - The passes that didn't sail 10 feet over a wide-open receiver's head fluttered and wobbled out of MarQueis Gray's hand like he was a nervous freshman making his first collegiate start. On a Minnesota offense full of fresh-faced youngsters, the senior quarterback looked shakier than any of them in the season opener against UNLV. If the Golden Gophers are going to improve in coach Jerry Kill's second year on the job, Gray knows it has to start with him. "I didn't feel like I played my best game and I felt like if we would've lost that game it would've been because of me," Gray said on Tuesday. "It was good to see those guys stepped up and we all turned it on in overtime and it was just a sigh of relief to know that we came out with a win." The Gophers survived, 30-27 in triple overtime, thanks in large part to Gray settling down and throwing two big touchdown passes to John Rabe. He finished 17 of 30 for 269 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, solid numbers that belie the difficulty he had in regulation. Gray's young receivers had little trouble getting open against UNLV's lackluster secondary, but Gray continually overshot targets like Rabe, Isaac Fruechte and Andre McDonald on plays that had touchdowns written all over them. "I had a couple overthrown balls, mainly just because I was anxious to be back out there," Gray said. "Not being hesitant or not scared at all, just more of that anxiousness kicking in." - AP Sports

08/31/2012 - MarQueis Gray threw two touchdown passes to John Rabe in overtime, and Jordan Wettstein hit a 32-yard field goal in the third extra session to lift Minnesota over UNLV 30-27 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Wettstein's field goal was set up by Derrick Wells' second interception against redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Sherry. In the second overtime, Sherry threw a 6-yard TD pass to Devante Davis on fourth down to tie it at 27-27. Rabe's first overtime score was from 10 yards down the middle to make it 20-20. Gray found him wide open from 25 yards out on the first play of the second OT. UNLV's Tim Cornett had 127 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. He had an 18-yard score in the first overtime. Gray finished 17 of 30 for 269 yards and an interception. This was the first-ever meeting between the teams. - AP Sports

08/30/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Minnesota at UNLV, Aug. 30 -- The game will be the first-ever meeting between the teams. It also marks the fourth straight season and the sixth time in the last eight years that the Gophers will open the season on the road. The Rebels will be Minnesota's first Mountain West Conference foe since the Gophers opened TCF Bank Stadium in 2009 with a win over Air Force. KEYS TO THE GAME: Minnesota finds itself in an unfamiliar situation -- being a road favorite. A loss will definitely get the season started on a bad note. The Gophers' first challenge will be dealing with the desert heat. Temperatures at kickoff will probably be around 100 degrees, which will test the team's resolve and depth. UNLV will start redshirt freshman Nick Sherry at quarterback. He has a strong arm and likes to throw the ball deep. The Gophers need to combat that and take advantage of Sherry's inexperience in his first college start. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB MarQueis Gray -- The coaching staff is confident his decision-making -- Gray threw eight interceptions and eight touchdown passes in 2011 -- will improve this season . He ran for six scores, gained a school-record 966 yards rushing for quarterbacks and topped the 100-yard mark four times. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: MarQueis Gray is expected to improve in his second season at quarterback. The senior gives the Gophers a dual threat with his running skills and passing ability. Gray can make a big play at any time, but the key to the offense's success will depend on replacing running back Duane Bennett and receiver Da'Jon McKnight. Both were the top players at their position last season. Holdover Donnell Kirkwood and junior college transfer James Gillum are expected to see most of the playing time early in the season in the backfield. Marcus Jones, who is coming off ACL surgery, and Isaac Fruechte, another junior college transfer, are the leading candidates to be the top receivers. QUOTE TO NOTE: "MarQueis, as far as quarterback-wise, he's had a great camp. He's matured as a quarterback, and I'm looking forward to watching him play." -- Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, on quarterback MarQueis Gray. - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2012 - Minnesota coaches had a simple thought when they watched Baylor Heisman Trophy winning quarterback and first-round NFL draft pick Robert Griffin III on film: why can't that be MarQueis Gray? "We liked what they did with Robert Griffin III, with what they put on his plate," Minnesota offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We had seen him play the year before, and he made a real nice jump from 2010 to 2011 - I think a lot of people would like to have a year like that, wouldn't they?" Grey, the team's quarterback, and the Minnesota coaches sure would. So three members of the team's staff traveled to Waco, Texas before spring practice to visit the Big 12 school and pick the brains of their coaches about how they positioned their star dual-threat QB to complete 72.4 percent of his passes for 4,239 yards with 37 touchdowns against only six interceptions while rushing for nearly 700 yards. "Having a mobile quarterback, he can do a lot of things, running, throwing, and getting those 4th-and-1 yards," Gray said. "Especially a big quarterback is a great thing, and a positive thing for spread offensives." And the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder knows he has a steep learning curve for his arm to catch up with his legs. - Dave Carey, CBSSports.com

08/10/2012 - The former receiver demonstrated his elite athleticism by rushing for 966 yards and six touchdowns on 199 carries last season. However, he completed just 50.7 percent of his passes last season for 1,495 yards with eight touchdowns against eight interceptions, hardly what you would call ???Heisman material.' But the trip to the Lone Star State is a big step in the right direction for maximizing Gray's passing ability. Last season, a vicit to TCU to learn the team's spread offense resulted in the Golden Gophers acquiring one of their top play-action passes and protections schemes for the season. All these new ideas and plays, however, likely won't result in a trip for Gray to the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City in December. But a bowl game? That pass could be right on target. "That's my ultimate goal," Gray said, "to leave here with a bowl win." - Dave Carey, CBSSports.com

08/06/2012 - Top-five Minnesota prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. QB/WR MarQueis Gray...One of the most decorated high school recruits to enroll in Minneapolis, Gray 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. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/01/2012 - Matt Limegrover concedes his offense didn't "light up the world" last season. That's why the second-year Gophers offensive coordinator solicited advice from Baylor and elsewhere on how to use senior quarterback MarQueis Gray. And he has some ideas of his own on how to make his unit more explosive. With the University of Minnesota opening fall camp Saturday, Aug. 4, Limegrover talked to the Pioneer Press on Monday about everything from his plans for Gray to his take on the competition at wide receiver and running back. Q: Did you talk to Baylor's coaches because you want to utilize Gray like they used Robert Griffin III? A: (Baylor coach Art) Briles and his staff did a really nice job of really looking at what his strengths were. (Griffin) was a guy who did the same type of thing (as Gray) - got better and better, matured and became more of a leader. To be honest with you, we're not going to be like Baylor. There are some things we took from them that can definitely help MarQueis as a quarterback. We're not changing overall. Through that and some other things we did, we as coaches are going to put MarQueis in the best possible situation to achieve what he wants to and be as successful as we all feel he can be. - Marcus R. Fuller, The Pioneer Press

07/27/2012 - What differences might the Gophers see in MarQueis Gray in 2012? More maturity. More confidence. More accuracy. That's what the University of Minnesota's senior starting quarterback says. He also has heard the Gophers might change the offense to better fit his ability to run and to pass. "(Coach Jerry Kill) mentioned something about how everyone is switching up a little bit and stuff," Gray said by telephone Wednesday, July 25, from Chicago, where he will take part in Big Ten media days on Thursday and Friday. "But we really won't know until we open up camp (Aug. 4)." Meanwhile, Gray knows he will head to camp having admittedly grown up this summer after learning to juggle classes, workouts and family life. His twin boys were born before last year's Wisconsin game. Gray had a busy but enjoyable summer -- except for when he forgot to submit his registration on time for the Peyton Manning Passing Academy. Gray, an Indianapolis native, was looking forward to attending, even though he would have had to leave early to go to his father's wedding that weekend. "I had to miss out on that opportunity," he said. "But I've still just been having fun working out with the team most of this summer." - Marcus R. Fuller, The Pioneer Press

07/26/2012 - Q. Could you describe how you plan to use MarQueis Gray differently this year given that he spent so much of his season running last season? COACH KILL: I think using MarQueis, and what a better way, is we're certainly going to use his abilities, but I think he's come a long way. I think that he'll be a very, very exciting football player to watch, not only in the Big Ten but throughout the country. I think he's done a great job in the spring. I think our big deal was we need to get people around him. We've got to get receivers and running backs and people that can step up and make plays. We've worked hard in recruiting to do that. Some of the kids that we had a year ago again are a year older and they have to step up and make some plays but we felt like some of those young people did that in the spring. And I think MarQueis, playing quarterback after one year, he's improved so much, I think the most important thing to our football team is what the people around him do. And they've worked hard, and again, I look for him to have a very good year this year. - Big Ten football/Media day transcripts


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