2020 Season Countdown: #17 Vincent Gray

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25Sep 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #17 Vincent Gray

Vincent Gray

Name: Vincent Gray
Height: 
6’2″
Weight: 
190 lbs.
High school: 
Rochester (MI) Adams
Position: 
Cornerback
Class: 
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: 
#31 #4
Last year: 
I ranked Gray #25 and said he would be a backup cornerback (LINK). He made 20 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 5 pass breakups.
TTB Rating:
 71

Gray entered the 2019 season as a likely backup to Lavert Hill and Ambry Thomas, but for a short time, it looked like he might be pressed into significantly more duty when Thomas was hospitalized with colitis. Luckily, Thomas recovered and Gray had some wiggle room to grow and learn. Gray made one start throughout the season and got a pretty good grade from PFF, notching 5 pass breakups in that backup role. While he didn’t make many big plays, he was in position to flail and be physical and avoid getting beaten much.

This year Gray was expected to be the #2 corner behind Thomas, but Thomas has opted out in favor of preparing for the NFL Draft. That leaves Gray as perhaps the #1 corner on the team as the most experienced guy. All other options have been garbage timers or haven’t seen the field in college yet. Gray has good length, but his speed and quickness are a little bit of a question mark. He makes me nervous if he’s matched up against some of the better receivers in the league, but cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich and defensive coordinator Don Brown have worked wonders with corners overall, with the lone exception of when they come up against Ohio State.

Prediction: Starting cornerback

6May 2020
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The Fence the Mitten Project: Defensive Backs

Lavert Hill (image via Wolverines Wire)

I took a few days off from posting about this project, but it’s time to get back to it. So what would Michigan’s roster and recruiting look like if they signed the top 25 in-state prospects each year? Here’s the answer.

If you missed them earlier, there were posts about QB (LINK), RB (LINK), TE (LINK), OL (LINK), WR (LINK), DE (LINK), DT (LINK), and LB (LINK).

Hit the jump for the rundown of corners and safeties.

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26Nov 2019
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Michigan vs. Indiana Awards

Donovan Peoples-Jones (image via Wolverines Wire)

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Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . good Shea Patterson. Over the past three weeks, Patterson is completing 65.5% of his passes for 10.4 yards per attempt with 10 touchdowns and 1 interception. And the worst of those three performances was against Maryland, not MSU or Indiana. This particular week saw him throw for 366 yards and 5 touchdowns on 11.4 yards per attempt.

Hit the jump for more.

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7Aug 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #25 Vincent Gray

Vincent Gray (image via Wolverines Wire)

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Name: Vincent Gray
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
185 lbs.
High school:
Rochester (MI) Adams
Position:
Cornerback
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#31
Last year:
I ranked Gray #98 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in three games.
TTB Rating:
71

For better or worse, Gray has had a rapid ascent in Michigan’s secondary. He was late flyer in the 2018 class, and he was not a highly touted player. The Wolverines seemed to have good depth at cornerback last season, and Gray wasn’t needed to play. With David Long, Lavert Hill, Brandon Watson, Ambry Thomas, Benjamin St-Juste, and Myles Sims (among others) lined up to play the position, Gray was buried. Then Long left for the NFL, Watson graduated, St-Juste didn’t play due to injury (and transferred to Minnesota), Sims was buried so deep that he crawled out of the earth on Georgia Tech’s campus, and…

…maybe Vincent Gray will be a starter in 2019. Now when this list was originally concocted, I expected Gray to be the #3 corner. But since that time, it came out that Ambry Thomas has been dealing with some health issues and might miss camp and/or the beginning of the season. That places Gray in prime position to start in Thomas’s place, opposite Hill. Will Gray be any good? On the plus side, Michigan’s coaching staff has spoken highly of him and they have never had a bad starting corner under Jim Harbaugh. On the concerning side, Gray is fairly slight at 6’2″ and 185 pounds, and his athletic profile suggests he needs to be physical to make up for a shortage of speed. I trust Michigan’s coaching staff to put good defensive backs out there, but if Thomas is out, you have to imagine opposing coaches will be testing Gray early to see if he’s up to the task.

Prediction: Backup cornerback

2Apr 2019
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A Spring 2019 Depth Chart, of Sorts

Vincent Gray (image via Wolverines Wire)

Jim Harbaugh and other coaches reported somewhat of a depth chart earlier this week, with some interesting tidbits. Obviously, there are some injuries that are probably affecting this, so don’t shoot the messenger.

NOTE: Players listed are in order, unless a “/” exists, which indicates an unresolved competition.

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