Torrian Gray | University of Florida

Team: University of Florida
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Assistant Coach, Cornerbacks
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

Biography

Understanding the tradition of DBU, Dan Mullen welcomed veteran defensive backs coach Torrian Gray to Gainesville on Jan. 21, 2019. Gray, who has 19 years of coaching experience, worked at Florida during the 2016 season prior to spending the last two seasons with the Washington Redskins.
 
Gray has developed a number of NFL defensive backs at the collegiate level, including former Gators Teez Tabor, Marcus Maye, Quincy Wilson and Duke Dawson. Prior to his time at UF, Gray developed Brandon Flowers, Kam Chancellor, Kyle Fuller and Kendall Fuller at Virginia Tech.
 
In addition, Gray has familiarity with UF’s defense as he played for Todd Grantham for four seasons when he was a student-athlete at Va. Tech.
 
Following a standout career at Kathleen H.S. in Lakeland, Fla., Gray played collegiately at Va. Tech and became a three-time all-conference selection. He helped lead the Hokies to a pair of conference titles and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round (49th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Vikings before retiring with a career-ending knee injury in the spring of 2000.
 
Gray has two daughters, Tori and Lexi.
 
Washington Redskins (2017-18)
In his first season in Washington in 2017, Gray’s defensive backs helped produce the team’s strongest season against the pass in nearly a decade. The unit ranked third in the NFL in completion percentage allowed (57.6 percent), the team's best ranking since leading the NFL in the category in 2005 (54.4), while finishing ninth in passing yards allowed per game (213.8, the team’s lowest since 2009) and 10th in opponent passer rating (81.0, lowest since 2008).
 
Gray reunited with former pupil Kendall Fuller, who developed into one of the league’s top slot cornerbacks and tied for the team lead with four interceptions. Gray also integrated unrestricted free agent safety D.J. Swearinger into the defense and helped install him as one of the unit’s leaders, as Swearinger earned captaincy status before ever playing a snap for Washington and finished the season with a career-high four interceptions. Gray also helped develop rookie safety Montae Nicholson, who flashed his talent in an injury-truncated rookie campaign, and contributed to the success of cornerbacks Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland and former Gators standout Quinton Dunbar.
 
Swearinger picked up right where he left off in 2018. In 15 games, he had four interceptions, 10 passes
defensed, one sack, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. His four interceptions were tied for the sixth most in the NFL and Swearinger’s 10 passes defensed were the fifth most by a safety in the league this year.
 
He was also one of two player in the NFL this season to record multiple interceptions in two or more games.

As a defensive unit in Week 15 against the Jags, Gray’s unit allowed just 20 total net passing yards, the lowest mark of any team in 2018.
 
Florida (2016)
In 2016, Gray served as the defensive backs coach at the University of Florida. Under Gray’s guidance, cornerback Teez Tabor earned first-team All-SEC honors from both the Associated Press and the league’s coaches while also garnering second-team All-American honors from numerous outlets. Gray also helped guide defensive back Quincy Wilson to second-team All-SEC honors.
 
Virginia Tech (2006-15)
Gray spent a decade at his alma mater leading some of the nation’s best defensive backfields.
 
In his 10 seasons in Blacksburg coaching the secondary, his unit allowed just 185.0 passing yards per game and a 106.5 opponent passer rating – both ranked second in the nation over that span. Opposing quarterbacks completed just 50.4 percent of their passes in those 10 seasons, the lowest percentage of any defense in the nation. The Virginia Tech secondary ranked in the top 15 nationally in opponent passer rating eight times in Gray’s 10 seasons leading the unit, including three top-five finishes.
 
During Gray's tenure, a total of 11 Hokie defensive backs were selected in the NFL Draft.
 
In 2006, his first year leading the group, they ranked first in the country in passing yards allowed per game (128.2) and second in opponent passer rating (91.3).
 
In 2014, the Hokies had the fourth-best pass defense (189.2 ypg) in the Atlantic Coast Conference despite losing All-American Kendall Fuller early in the season due to injury. His unit allowed opponents to complete just 49.6 percent of their passes, second-best in the conference.
 
Chicago Bears (2004-05)
Before returning to Virginia Tech, Gray spent two seasons in the NFL as assistant defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears from 2004-05. In 2005, Gray’s unit helped the Bears rank fifth in the NFL in passing defense and finished tied for second in interceptions (24) as defensive backs Nathan Vasher and Mike Brown both earned Pro Bowl selections.
 
UConn (2002-03), Maine (2000-01)
Gray began his coaching career at the University of Maine, serving as defensive backs coach for two seasons from 2000-01. He then spent the 2002-03 seasons as defensive backs coach at the University of Connecticut. During his time with the Huskies, he coached cornerback Justin Perkins, helping him to two all-conference selections and 12 career interceptions.
 
Background
Following a standout career at Kathleen H.S. in Lakeland, Fla., Gray played collegiately at Virginia Tech and became a three-time all-conference selection. He helped lead the Hokies to a pair of conference titles and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round (49th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Vikings before retiring with a career-ending knee injury in the spring of 2000.
 
A native of Lakeland, Fla., Gray was born March 18, 1974. He has two daughters, Tori and Lexi.

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