After earning himself a starting role late in his freshman season, Texas Longhorns running back Johnathan Gray established himself as the team's premier back moving forward. In 2013, he will start his march to the Mt. Rushmore of Longhorn runners.
Despite being one of the nation's top recruits, Gray had to earn his stripes in his first season. But once he started getting his chances, Gray made the most of them and established himself as the starter late in the season.
While not eye-popping, Gray led all Big 12 freshmen with 701 rushing yards while sharing carries with two other established ball-carriers. This season he will start as the team's top dog in the backfield and, with his work ethic and all-around skill, should emerge as one of the top backs in the country.
Following are the reasons that Gray will become the next great Longhorn running back and what to expect from him in the 2013 season.