#4 Gary Gray
CAREER: One of six fifth-year seniors on scholarship on the 2011 Irish roster (Harrison Smith, David Ruffer, Mike Ragone, Taylor Dever and Andrew Nuss are the others) … talented cornerback has played in 33 games over his Irish career … has started 20 games over the last two seasons, including all 13 in 2010 … enters final season in an Irish uniform with 109 career tackles, 80 solo stops, 14 passes defended, 10 pass breakups, five tackles for loss, four interceptions and one forced fumble … enrolled early in 2007 but missed the season while recovering from injury.
2010 (SENIOR): Saw action in all 13 games and was one of 11 players to start all 13 games for the Irish … joined LB Darius Fleming, DE Ethan Johnson, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, S Harrison Smith, ILB Manti Te[apos]o and CB Darrin Walls as the only players on the defensive side of the ball to start all 13 games … set a career-high with nine tackles, including eight solo stops (also career best), in the season-opening victory over Purdue … added a pass breakup and tackle for loss versus the Boilermakers … registered eight tackles, seven solo stops in the first half alone against Purdue … his pass breakup directly led to Ian Williams[apos] interception against the Boilermakers … posted five solo tackles against Michigan … recorded two solo stops and two pass breakups at Michigan State … totaled four tackles, including one for loss, in the matchup with Stanford … registered five tackles, including three solo stops, and a pass breakup against Pittsburgh … dominated Western Michigan with eight total tackles, six solo stops, one for loss, a forced fumble and interception … equaled career-high with nine tackles, six of which were solo stops, versus Tulsa … registered three solo tackles against Army … posted four solo tackles and two assisted stops in the victory at USC … totaled seven tackles, including three solo stops, and a pass breakup in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory over Miami (Fla.) … totaled 660 snaps on defense, the third most of any Irish defensive back.
2009 (JUNIOR): Appeared in 11 games for Irish in 2009 (did not play at Michigan), starting the final seven contests … recorded 28 total tackles, good for 11th on team … added one interception and one pass breakup … received increased playing time as season progressed … totaled three tackles in season opener against Nevada … paced secondary with six tackles against USC while making first career start … returned interception 30 yards in fourth quarter to set up Irish TD … recorded career-high eight tackles (six solo) at Pittsburgh … added four tackles in season finale at Stanford … totaled 152:31 of playing time and made 38 special-teams appearances.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in nine games before leaving the team due to personal reasons … registered 15 solo tackles, picked off two passes, recorded two pass breakups and added 20 yards on a fumble recovery … registered four tackles and also added his first career pass breakup against Purdue … saw a considerable amount of action in the defensive backfield rotation and recorded a then career-high four tackles (all solo) versus Michigan State … registered his first career interception and returned it 41 yards in the week two rout of Michigan.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Did not play while he recovered from preseason shoulder surgery.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 13th best prep player nationally on ESPN 150 listing … one of 12 defensive backs on National 100 list by Fort Worth Star-Telegram … named to Super Southern 100 team for 2006 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of eight cornerbacks … listed 78th player nationally by Rivals.com, as well as third among South Carolina players and ninth among cornerbacks … one of 11 players from South Carolina selected to All-Southern team by Orlando Sentinel … rated 54th best prospect nationally overall by CSTV – and third nationally among cornerbacks … first-team South Carolina all-state pick as defensive back for 2006 by both Associated Press and Columbia State … rated third on Columbia State Top 50 list of South Carolina players for 2006 … played quarterback in wing-T attack as senior in 2006 for Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C. … made 24 tackles and intercepted one pass in `06 … rushed for 1,028 yards on 127 carries in `06 as option signal caller and finished with 1,600 total yards and 11 TDs … also ran a kickoff back 88 yards for a score … had 60 tackles and broke up 14 passes and had four interceptions (one returned 65 yards for a TD) as junior corner backing `05- and made 65 tackles with 19 pass breakups and three interceptions in eight games as sophomore in 2004 … also started three games at quarterback as sophomore on 7-4 team, throwing for 320 yards, rushing for 350 more and scoring six TDs … led Richland Northeast to 13-2 record and South Carolina Class 4A Division II title game in 2005 as junior … rated 21st-best overall national prospect – and first among defensive backs — for 2006 on preseason basis by Sporting News … rated 14th-best defensive back prospect nationally (and 53rd overall in East) on preseason basis for 2006 by Sporting News SchoolSports … selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and also played in Shrine Bowl between North and South Carolina stars … enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2007 … played for coach Jay Frye at Richland Northeast … born Jan. 6, 1989 … son of Duane Wages and Yvonne Robinson … graduated from College of Arts and Letters with a socilolgy degree in May … enrolled in graduate studies program.
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