Several Texas Longhorns Are Being Recognized
Austin American Statesman: Johnathan Gray, the Longhorns’ incoming freshman running back from Aledo, has been named the 2012 Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year.
Gray, a two-time Gatorade Texas football player of the year, won the award over candidates from every state plus the District of Columbia. He helped lead Aledo to three straight Class 4A Division II state titles, and last season rushed for 3,886 yards and a state-record 65 touchdowns.
Longhorns tight end D.J. Grant has been added to the preseason offensive watch list for the College Football Performance Awards.
The fifth-year senior, an LBJ High product, has played in 13 career games during his injury-plagued career, with 16 receptions for 180 yards. His most productive outing came last season at UCLA when he caught six passes for 77 yards, including three touchdowns.
Grant is one of several Longhorns on various CFPA watch lists. In June, running back D.J. Monroe and cornerback Quandre Diggs were named to the special teams list. Earlier this month, defensive ends Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat, as well as cornerback Carrington Byndom, were named to the defensive awards watch list.
As far as naming starting quarterback, don’t look for Longhorns Head Coach Mack Brown to make a decision anytime soon. When asked at his reporting day media session Brown said, ”I’m not panicked over when it’s done. I think the worst thing you can do is make (a decision) too early and make the wrong decision.” For now the job is up for grabs between Sophomore David Ash and junior Case McCoy. Both players had an unofficial tryout over the summer with select teammates, and were both available Sunday for practice.