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Austin Gray
12  Austin Gray
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Abilene, Texas

High School:
Wylie

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 208

Position:
WR

Experience:
2L

Career Division I games played/started: 30/19 (13/2 in 2013...5/5 in 2012...12/12 in 2011)

2013 (Junior): Played in 13 of 14 games for the Rams this year and is one of two players on the Rams' current roster to haul in his first career catch and take it for a touchdown, joining Joe McKay.

  • In a win at Wyoming (Oct. 19), hauled in a pass across the middle to start the second half, which he took 22 yards for his first career touchdown
  • Chosen to serve as a captain for the Rams' home opener vs. Cal Poly (Sept. 14) and vs. Nevada (Nov. 9)

2012 (Sophomore): Started 16 consecutive games for the Rams before suffering a concussion five games into the 2012 season...finished the year with 29 stops and one pass breakup.

  • Registered two solo stops vs. in-state rival Colorado (Sept. 1)
  • In the home-opener vs. North Dakota State (Sept. 8), helped hold Bison back Sam Ojuri to only 58 yards rushing, his lowest rushing total of the season, finishing with three tackles in the contest
  • Tallied nine stops on the road at San Jose State (Sept. 15), one short of tying his career high
  • Came back to Fort Collins and had eight tackles in a loss to Utah State (Sept. 22)
  • Did not play against Air Force (Sept 29)
  • Recorded seven tackles against Fresno State (Oct. 6) before leaving the game due to an injury.

2011 (Freshman): A former wide receiver, earned a starting safety role out of spring practice and started all 12 games...Finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles (33 solo), posting one tackle for loss, five pass breakups, one fumble recovery, an interception, and an electrifying blocked-FG return...Made his college debut and first career start in season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3)...In exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), made an important first-quarter play with the Aggies driving, pouncing on a Chuckie Keeton fumble on third-and-7, at the Rams' 30...Later helped CSU hold off the Aggies, 35-34, in double overtime, denying USU of a game-winning two-point conversion...In loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), stepped up in a secondary with only three safeties and nearly intercepted two passes, one of which, in the third quarter, prevented a Miners TD...Gave CSU late life in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), returning a FG blocked by Shaq Bell 61 yards to the Rebels' 4-yard line, setting up a go-ahead touchdown; earlier, made a TD-saving tackle, taking a nice angle...In windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State (Nov. 12), nearly picked off Ryan Lindley late in the second quarter...In loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), broke up a second-quarter pass and established an early career high with a game-best 10 tackles...One week later, vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), blasted into the backfield to drop RB Asher Clark for a 3-yard loss on first-and-goal, helping the Falcons eventually have to settle for a field goal...In season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), made a touchdown-saving tackle late in the first half on a drive that ended in a CSU takeaway, then registered his first career interception, picking off Brett Smith at the Rams' 5-yard line with 3:19 remaining and CSU trailing 20-19...Earned academic all-conference honors following the season.

2010: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

High School: Signed with the Rams during the summer of 2010...Started not only at wide receiver and free safety, but also handled kicking and punting duties as a senior at Wylie High School in Abilene, Texas, helping the Bulldogs to the Texas state title game...A first-team all-state selection (Rivals.com), caught 52 passes for 828 yards and five touchdowns in 2009 as WHS advanced to the Class 3A Division I state championship, where the Bulldogs lost to Gilmer...Second-team all-state as a kicker (Associated Press, Texas Sportswriters), he connected on 10 of 13 field-goal attempts, including a 49-yarder, and racked up 30 touchbacks on kickoffs...At both wide receiver and kicker, also earned a spot on Rivals' All-West Texas squad and the All Big Country Super Team...Additionally as a senior, was a first-team all-district safety, accounting for three career interceptions...A three-year letterman and two-year starter, helped the team to three consecutive district titles and a pair of appearances in the state semifinals, in addition to the 2009 state championship...In 2008, WHS saw its season end in double-overtime, a one-point loss to the eventual Texas champion; saw limited action that season, but still caught 28 passes for 479 yards and six scores...Owns 4.56-second speed in the 40-yard dash and graduated with a 3.78 core grade-point average, which earned him academic all-state accolades...Head football coach Hugh Sandifer, whose staff also honored Gray with the 2009 Don Mouser Award, given to an outstanding senior that displayed true dedication, desire and determination...Earned four letters in track, and chose CSU over scholarship offers in that sport to Texas A&M and Texas Tech...In spring 2010, qualified for state in the high jump (personal best 6 feet, 8 inches), 110-meter hurdles and the 4x100 relay...As a junior, qualified for state in the long jump...A forward in basketball, also earned all-district honors as a junior, lettering twice...Played soccer as a freshman...Also recruited as a football player by Colorado, Kentucky, Montana, San Diego State, Rice and TCU.

Personal: Given name Austin Riley Gray...Born Aug. 8, 1991, in Abilene, Texas...Parents are Stephen and Jana Gray, both graduates of Texas A&M...Has a younger brother and younger sister...Dad, Stephen, ran track at McMurry University...Participated in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life and Peer Assisted Leadership; also volunteered on Thanksgiving at his local mission and played guitar as a worship leader at his church...Also enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and wakeboarding...Helped orchestrate Math Night at Fort Collins' Bauder Elementary, working with youngsters to help them learn math, in February 2011...Before the 2011 season, spent time with less-fortunate kids, assisting with summer programs at the Harmony Mobile Home Park...Majoring in business administration...Hometown: Abilene, Texas.

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