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Giants draft Oklahoma RB Eric Gray with 172nd pick


With the 172nd pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Oklahoma running back Eric Gray (5-10, 207).


Earned first-team All-Big 12 recognition from PFF … an All-Big 12 Second Team selection by league coaches and AP … an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree … one of three recipients of program's coveted Don Key Award (presented for excellence on and off the field) … started all 12 regular season games before opting out of Cheez-It Bowl vs. Florida State ... produced ninth-best single-season rushing total in OU history (1,366 yards) … rushed for 11 touchdowns on 213 carries … led Big 12 and ranked 14th nationally by averaging 6.4 yards per carry … ranked second in Big 12 (13th nationally) in rushing yards per game (113.8), third in all-purpose yards per outing (132.9) and fourth in rushing yards … tied for eighth nationally (led Big 12) with 43 carries of at least 10 yards and tied for ninth with 14 carries of at least 20 yards … registered eight 100-yard rushing games and eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for first time in his career … reached 1,100-yard mark in 10 games (fastest by a Sooner since Adrian Peterson did it in eight games in 2004) … scored two touchdowns and ran for 163 yards on 28 carries at Texas Tech (11/26) … ran for 90 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and caught three passes for 30 yards vs. Oklahoma State (11/19) … rushed for an OU-career-best 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns at West Virginia (11/12) … rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and caught eight passes for season-best 58 yards vs. Baylor (11/5) … eclipsed century mark with 101 yards and a TD at Iowa State (10/29) … tallied 176 yards and two TDs vs. Kansas (10/15) … ran for 114 yards on 16 carries and caught seven passes for 45 yards vs. Kansas State (9/24) … rushed for 113 yards and two scores on 11 carries at Nebraska (9/17) … rushed 16 times for 102 yards and made two catches for 33 yards vs. UTEP (9/3).


Played in all 13 games and made six starts ... started season's first five contests … rushed for 412 yards and two touchdowns ... had 23 receptions for 229 yards and two TDs … rushed eight times for 82 yards — including a season-long 48-yard run — and caught a team-high five passes for 25 yards and a TD in the Alamo Bowl vs. Oregon (12/29) ... rushed four times for 23 yards and a touchdown vs. Iowa State (11/20) … had one catch for 15 yards and one rush for four yards at Baylor (11/13) … made two receptions for 15 yards vs. Texas Tech (10/30) … caught three passes for 42 yards (including a 23-yarder) at Kansas (10/23) … rushed six times for 11 yards and a touchdown and had a reception for 28 yards vs. TCU (10/16) … ran for 37 yards on six carries and caught two passes for 19 yards vs. Texas (10/3) … had 22 yards rushing and 17 yards receiving at Kansas State (10/2) … ran 12 times for 38 yards and caught three passes for a season-high 52 yards vs. West Virginia (9/25) … rushed for a season-best 84 yards on 15 carries vs. Nebraska (9/18) … caught a 20-yard touchdown pass and ran for 74 yards on nine carries vs. Western Carolina (9/11) … rushed nine times for 27 yards in OU debut vs. Tulane (9/4).

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Played in nine games and made five starts ... did not play in season finale vs. Texas A&M (12/19) ... scored a team-high six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving) ... ranked sixth in SEC in rushing yards per game (85.8) and yards from scrimmage per game (114.0) and eighth in total rushing yards (772) ... averaged 4.9 yards per carry with a long of 33 ... led Vols in rushing in seven of his nine games and surpassed 100 rushing yards in four contests ... ranked second on team with 30 receptions for a career-high 254 yards ... ran for 74 yards on 13 carries at Vanderbilt (12/12) ... made a team-high seven catches for 46 yards and a TD while rushing for 47 yards vs. No. 6 Florida (12/5) ... rushed for a season-high 173 yards and a TD on 22 carries while finishing with a team-high 49 receiving yards at No. 23 Auburn (11/21) ... accounted for six plays of at least 15 yards against Auburn and his 222 yards from scrimmage were the second most of his career ... registered a career-high 31 carries for a game-high 123 yards and a TD at Arkansas (11/7) ... made first career start vs. No. 2 Alabama (10/24) and rushed 19 times for a team-high 57 yards ... registered a game-high 128 rushing yards vs. Kentucky (10/17) ... posted career highs of eight receptions and 54 receiving yards at No. 3 Georgia (10/10) ... ran for 105 yards against Missouri (10/3) and became first Vol to score a rushing and receiving TD in a game since Alvin Kamara in 2016 ... rushed for 40 yards and a TD and finished with 91 all-purpose yards in season-opening win at South Carolina (9/26).


A PFF College All-Freshman Team honorable mention selection ... Named to First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll ... played in all 13 games ... led team with four rushing touchdowns ... averaged 5.3 yards per carry and finished second on squad with 539 rushing yards on 101 carries ... caught 13 passes for 115 yards and a TD ... combined for 366 total yards and four touchdowns over final two games vs. Indiana and Vanderbilt ... earned TaxSlayer Gator Bowl MVP honors after recording a game-high 120 all-purpose yards, recovering an onside kick and scoring the game-winning touchdown (16-yard rush) vs. Indiana (1/2) ... ran 14 times for 86 yards and caught two passes for 34 yards vs. Hoosiers ... rushed 25 times for a career-high 246 yards and three TDs in home win vs. Vanderbilt (11/30) en route to SEC Freshman of the Week honors ... his 246 rushing yards vs. Commodores were the most by an SEC player on the year, most ever by a Tennessee true freshman and fifth most in single-game program history ... recorded a 94-yard TD run vs. Vanderbilt that was second-longest rush in school history and 10th-longest in SEC annals ... scored first collegiate TD on a 13-yard reception against UAB (11/2) ... rushed 17 times for 77 yards vs. BYU (9/7) ... made collegiate debut against Georgia State (8/31) and registered seven carries for 29 yards and six catches for 51 yards ... six receptions vs. Georgia State were most by a UT freshman running back since 2014.


Attended Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis ... four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals ... rated as nation's No. 99 overall player by 247Sports and No. 263 by ESPN ... regarded as country's No. 2 all-purpose back by 247Sports and No. 7 by Rivals and the No. 19 running back by ESPN ... No. 2 player in Tennessee by 247Sports, No. 8 by ESPN and No. 13 by Rivals ... played in 2019 All-American Bowl ... Tennessee Titans Mr. Football winner in 2016, 2017 and 2018 (first three-time honoree) ... two-time Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year (2017 and 2018) ... two-time Memphis Commercial Appeal Offensive Player of the Year (2016 and 2017) ... led Lausanne to Division II-AA state titles as a sophomore and junior (2016 and 2017) ... set Tennessee state record for career touchdowns (138) ... rushed 241 times for 2,499 yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior in 2018 and led Lausanne to state semifinals (11-1 record) ... rushed 323 times for 3,151 yards and 45 touchdowns as a junior in 2017 (13-0 record) ... also had 268 receiving yards and three TDs ... totaled 281 yards and five rushing TDs (39, 35, 19, 12 and 44 yards) in 41-13 state-title-game win in 2017 ... totaled 2,251 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2016 ... scored game-winning TD (5-yard run) with 2:35 left in 2016 state championship game (team won 12-9 and finished season 14-0).


Enrolled at Tennessee in January 2019 ... father (Eric) played running back at Tennessee State from 1985-87 and was his running backs coach in high school ... uncle (Maurice Hall) played running back at Ohio State from 2001-04 ... served as a middle school math tutor and raised money for Touchdowns Against Cancer (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital initiative) ... held a 3.5 GPA in high school ... majored in kinesiology at Tennessee ... major at Oklahoma is multidisciplinary studies.

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