Big Ten Football Top 150 Players: No. 95, MarQueis Gray, Minnesota QB

Adam JacobiBig Ten Football Lead WriterJuly 3, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback MarQueis Gray #5 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers rolls out with the ball against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 19-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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95. MarQueis Gray, No. 5, QB, Minnesota
 

2011 Stats: 108-213, 1495 yards, 8 TD, 8 INT; 199 rushes, 966 yards, 6 TD

 

Strengths

After languishing in Tim Brewster's mishmash of an offense for his first two years of eligibility, Gray found his rhythm as Jerry Kill's quarterback in 2011. His accuracy is starting to catch up to his considerable arm strength, he's finally coming into his own as a lethal rusher and most importantly, he's the unquestioned leader of that offense.

 

Weaknesses

Gray still only completed a hair under 51 percent of his passes in 2011, and that is really not very good. Max Shortell is an intriguing backup quarterback and he may continue to siphon snaps from Gray in situational passing scenarios. Make no mistake: Gray is light years ahead of where he was as a sophomore, but he's still not unquestionably good.

 

2012 Prediction

Gray should continue to bloom as a quarterback in his senior season, and while huge passing numbers probably aren't in his future, he could easily approach a 2,000 passing yards/1,000 rushing yards season, which would be quite a feat. However, the TD/INT ratio isn't likely to improve substantially and that could hurt Minnesota's record when it's all said and done.