Big Ten Football Top 150 Players: No. 95, MarQueis Gray, Minnesota QB
95. MarQueis Gray, No. 5, QB, Minnesota
2011 Stats: 108-213, 1495 yards, 8 TD, 8 INT; 199 rushes, 966 yards, 6 TD
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.
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.
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.
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