April 20, 2010

Depth at running back a good problem to have

Although missing Christine Michael, the Texas A&M running backs were productive in Saturday's spring game. Cyrus Gray had an impressive outing, showing more power and instincts then in years past.

Approaching his junior year, Gray is one of the many talented running backs for the Aggies. With three freshmen at the position scheduled to be moving to College Station in the fall, the current running backs competed throughout the spring to catch the eye of head coach Mike Sherman.

Gray rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries Saturday, including a powerful run in which he leveled Steven Terrell, who was coming down hill. Gray has done a great job throughout the spring both rushing the football and making catches out of the backfield. With the emergence of Michael last season, Gray has done an excellent job improving his game to match the talented freshman and solidify his role as a top-two back for the Aggies.

"Cyrus Gray has taken his game to another level," Sherman said after the Maroon and White game. "My criticism with him was sometimes he was slow out of his stance. My criticism has been he hasn't always been the most instinctive guy. But boy, he has been on the money with everything this spring and really the second half of last year he made a lot of progress. His game is at his best. He is a better route runner. He catches the ball. He runs after the catch. He is physical. He showed that today as well."

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