When MarQuies Gray committed to Minnesota last year, many saw him as the future of the Gophers team. The four-star prosepct (by Rivals.com) out of Indiana seemed destined to be a part of the team last year, but his campaign to join in 2008 ended prematurly due to academic issues.
Fortunately, he was able to get his academics settled out and now has begun 2009 as a freshmen. Although, unlike last year facing the likely nature of him being red-shirted, Gray is being featured as an asset that could potentially be compared to that of the Philladelphia Eagles with Donavon McNabb being played by Adam Weber and Michael Vick being played by MarQueis Gray.
Gray's 6'4", 222 pound frame makes him a threat with size alone not including his speed which is said to make him a playmaker at quarterback similar to that of Vick.
We saw a small preveiw of it this past week against Syracuse as Gray lined up as a slot receiver in a Wildcat variation.
With running back Duane Bennett trying to make a return to the offense and help boost the running-game in the newly established pro-style the Gophers have converted to, Gray could be used all over the place to help spread the offense a bit while still keeping the running game as a key facet.
With Weber only in his junior year, it's likely that Gray won't see time as the full-time starting QB for a few more years, but if he comes as advertised, Minnesota Gopher fans may have something worth cheering for in the coming years.