Gray named Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year
July 11, 2012
Texas Longhorn incoming freshman running back Johnathan Gray won the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year in a ceremony at the Loews Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
As a senior, the 5-foot-10, 202-pound Gray finished the 2011 season with 3,886 rushing yards and a state-record 65 rushing touchdowns on 347 carries. He also caught 26 passes for 517 yards and five TDs. He was a four-year starter who helped Aledo post a 56-4 record and three consecutive 4A state titles in four seasons.
Gray, from Aledo, Texas, set the national record with 205 career touchdowns, and ranks second nationally with 1,232 career points scored. He set state records in career carries (1,218) and 100-yard games (51), and became just the fifth high school running back in history to surpass 10,000 career rushing yards (10,889).
Gray is a three-time academic all-district selection, a three-year member of Aledo's Student Council, a three-year student representative for the AISD Health Committee and was an AISD Special Education pupil's mentor all four years of high school. He also served as an Aledo Youth Football mentor and is active in his church. Gray's father, James, was an All-American running back at Texas Tech (1986-89) and was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1990.
The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field of play.