Without even setting a foot on Joe Jamail Field, freshman running back Johnathan Gray is already a household name for Texas Longhorns fans. He is fast, strong, quick and as likable as they come but most of all he is the face of a new era in Austin.
This offseason the Longhorns have committed themselves to a run-first approach on offense, effectively abandoned the gun-slinging mentality for a more smash-mouth brand of football that the team excelled at in 2011. Fans can partially thank Gray, one of the most complete backs ever recruited to don the burnt orange, for this change in philosophy as his signing gave Texas the most talented group of young running backs in the country along with sophomores Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown.
With the season opener only two short months away, there are still questions remaining about Gray's role in the offense and how he fits with his backfield mates. How many carries will he get per game? Will he run the Wildhorn?
Read on for the answers to these questions and more on the next member of Texas' Mt. Rushmore of running backs.