Johnathan Gray tears his Achilles again while preparing for NFL draft

Posted January 14th, 2016


Johnathan Gray’s bad luck has continued post-college.

After battling numerous injuries in his four seasons at Texas, Gray suffered another one this week when he tore his Achilles tendon for the second time while training for the team’s pro timing day in March.

The injury occurred Monday at the College Gridiron Showcase in Bedford, and Gray had surgery Thursday in Austin,  his father told the American-Statesman.


“If he didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have luck at all,” James Gray said.

Texas later confirmed Gray’s injury, which further jeopardizes his already questionable chances of being chosen in the NFL draft. Gray, who finished his career as Texas’ 12th all-time rusher, produced a disappointing 489 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and three touchdowns in his final season.

The injury is the latest in a long list of setbacks for Gray, who missed the final four games of his sophomore season in 2013 with a torn right Achilles. The latest tear is to Gray’s left Achilles and, because of the lengthy rehabilitation required for a full recovery, likely eliminates any chance of him playing next season.

Gray stayed healthy and played in all 13 games as a junior in 2014, but managed only 637 yards — down from the 780 he produced the year before. As a senior, he battled a turf toe injury and missed starts in the final two games of the season. He did not appear in a senior night loss to Texas Tech on Thanksgiving.

Gray, a former five-star recruit from Aledo, was the Gatorade national player of the year in 2011-12.