Running back Johnathan Gray has been placed on the preseason watch list for the 2015 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which honors the top offensive player in the nation who either hails from the state of Texas, graduated from a Texas high school or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college.
Last season, Gray posted a team-high seven rushing TDs and was second on the team with 637 yards rushing. Gray has played in 35 career games (all 13 in 2014) with 13 starts and became the 18th player in school history to eclipse 2,000 career rushing yards in the 2014 West Virginia game. He has five career 100-yard rushing games. (Continue reading below...)
(...Continued from above.) A native of Aledo,Texas, Gray rushed 10 times for a season-high 101 (10.1 ypc) yards and had a career-high three TDs against West Virginia in 2014. For his play against the Mountaineers, he earned the team's offensive player of the game award and received honorable mention running back of the week accolades from the College Football Performance Awards.
Gray enters his senior season ranked No. 15 on the UT all-time rushing yards list (2,118).
Gray is also on the preseason watch list for the 2015 Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back).
Named for the former Longhorn and Heisman Trophy-winning running back, the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award features 39 players on the 2015 preseason watch list.