Gray named Ten­nessee Ga­torade Player of Year

The Commercial Appeal - - Business - Tom Krea­ger Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

Lau­sanne run­ning back Eric Gray added to his ac­co­lades on Thurs­day when he re­ceived his sec­ond straight Ten­nessee Ga­torade foot­ball player of the year honor.

The award comes more than a week af­ter the four-star col­lege prospect be­came the first three-time Ten­nessee Ti­tans Mr. Foot­ball win­ner.

Gray, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound se­nior, rushed for 2,499 yards and 40 touch­downs on 241 car­ries in 2018. He helped lead the Lynx to the Divi­sion IIAA state semi­fi­nals.

He also set the TSSAA record for most ca­reer touch­downs with 138.

“Eric Gray is a very elu­sive guy with great speed,” St. Ge­orge's foot­ball coach An­dre Lott said. “He can run you over or he can beat you in the open field. Most teams load the box to stop the run against him, but that hasn’t hap­pened yet.”

Gray, a two-time Com­mer­cial Ap­peal Of­fen­sive Player of the Year, has been picked to play in the 2019 Al­lAmer­i­can Bowl in San Antonio next month.

Gray, who de­com­mit­ted from Michi­gan last week, is the No. 5 prospect in Ten­nessee ac­cord­ing to the 247Sports Com­pos­ite. He is the No. 4 all-pur­pose back in the coun­try.

Gray is now a can­di­date for the Ga­torade Na­tional Player of the Year.

The Ga­torade player of the year award rec­og­nizes ath­letes for out­stand­ing play on the ath­letic field along with aca­demic achieve­ment and ex­em­plary char­ac­ter shown on and off the field.

Gray has also been a mid­dle school math tu­tor. He also raised money for Touch­downs Against Cancer, raising money for St. Jude Chil­dren's Re­search Hos­pi­tal. Gray has a 3.5 GPA.

Reach Tom Krea­ger at tkrea­[email protected]­nett.com or on Twit­ter @Krea­ger.

Lau­sanne's Eric Gray was named the Ten­nessee Ga­torade Foot­ball Player of the Year on Thurs­day. JOE RONDONE/THE COM­MER­CIAL AP­PEAL

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