Nov 10, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Johnathan Gray (32) runs the ball against the Iowa State Cyclones in the third quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas defeated Iowa State 33-7. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

What To Expect From: Johnathan Gray

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In anticipation of the 2013 Texas Longhorns football season, we will breakdown what we expect from key returning players for the Texas Longhorns. Today, we will set expectation for who has the most talent on the offensive side of the ball; Jonathan Gray.

Johnathan Gray will reach 1,000 yards rushing. 

Johnathan Gray is not a grinder at running back, he benefits from a more spread out offense so he can get to the edge and use his athleticism to get yards. Hopefully under Major Applewhite, they will utilize his skills more appropriately so that he will get to 1,000 yards rushing. It will be the first time since 2007 that the Texas Longhorns had a 1,000 yard rusher.

Johnathan Gray will get more involved in the passing game.

As you saw in the Alamo Bowl, Johnathan Gray can make plays in the passing game. To keep defenses honest, David Ash will need to check down to Johnathan Gray so he can make plays when other receivers are covered. This will help move the football down the field and will lead to successful drives. A successful drive doesn’t always have to result in a score. Let’s say the Longhorns started a drive at the 5 yard line, if they are able to move the football to midfield and punt the ball inside your opponent’s 20 yard line, that’s a successful drive.


1,200 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards.

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