Torrian Gray | University of Florida

Team: University of Florida
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Defensive Backs Coach
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

Biography

COACHING EXPERIENCE
2016 Florida Defensive Backs
2013-15 Virginia Tech Defensive Secondary/Passing Game Coordinator
2006-12 Virginia Tech Defensive Secondary
2004-05 Chicago Bears Assistant Defensive Backs
2002-03 Connecticut Defensive Backs
2000-01 Maine Defensive Backs
 
COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Gray spent the past 17 years coaching the defensive back position, including two years in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears.

During that span, he coached five All-America defensive backs and 16 all-conference selections.

Gray returns to Florida after spending 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.

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.

Gray spent two seasons as assistant defensive backs coach with the Bears before returning to Blacksburg.

During the 2005 season, Chicago ranked fifth in the NFL in passing defense and finished tied for second in interceptions (24) as Nathan Vasher and Mike Brown were both elected to the Pro Bowl.

Gray began his coaching career at the University of Maine, serving as defensive backs coach for two seasons (2000-01).

He spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as defensive backs coach at the University of Connecticut where he coached All-BIG EAST selection Justin Perkins.

PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED
Connecticut

CB Justin Perkins – Two-time All-BIG EAST selection totaled 12 interceptions in his career. Signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs and also played in NFL Europe.

Virginia Tech

CB Brandon Flowers – A two-time All-America selection and two-time All-ACC pick went on to be a second round draft pick and was a Pro Bowl corner in 2013.
CB Victor “Macho” Harris – First Team All-American in his senior season and two-time First Team All-ACC selection. Had 15 career interceptions, with a school record four returned for touchdowns.
CB Jayron Hosley – First Team All-American in 2010 tied the school record with nine interceptions. Also a First Team All-ACC selection.
CB Kyle Fuller – A Second Team All-American and two-time All-ACC pick was drafted 14th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Bears.
CB Kendall Fuller – Earned All-America honors as a sophomore in 2014 and earned All-ACC honors in both is freshman and sophomore seasons. Injured in his junior season in 2015.

NFL PLAYERS (Round Drafted)

CB Justin Perkins (UFA) – Connecticut ’05 – Kansas City Chiefs
S Aaron Rouse (3rd) – Virginia Tech ’07 – Green Bay Packers
CB Brandon Flowers (2nd) – Virginia Tech ’08 – Kansas City Chiefs
DB Macho Harris (5th) – Virginia Tech ’09 – Philadelphia Eagles
DB Kam Chancellor (5th) – Virginia Tech ’10 – Seattle Seahawks
FS Cody Grimm (7th) – Virginia Tech ’10 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DB Rashad Carmichael (4th) – Virginia Tech ’11 – Houston Texans
CB Jayron Hosley (3rd) – Virginia Tech ’12 – New York Giants
CB Kyle Fuller (1st) – Virginia Tech ’14 – Chicago Bears
CB Antone Exum (6th) – Virginia Tech ’14 – Minnesota Vikings

PLAYING CAREER
Following a standout career at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Gray accepted a scholarship offer to play at Virginia Tech and went on to become a three-time All-BIG EAST selection. He helped lead the Hokies to a pair of conference titles and was drafted in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. His promising NFL career was cut short due to a knee injury, forcing him to retire in 2000.
 
PERSONAL INFORMATION
Birth date: March 18, 1974
Hometown: Lakeland, Fla.
Education: 1996 – Virginia Tech
Family: Has two daughters, Tori and Lexi
 
Bowl Games as a Player
1993 Independence
1994 Gator
1995 Sugar
1996 Orange
 
Bowl Games as a Coach
2001 Division I-AA Quarterfinals
2006 Chick-fil-A
2007 Orange
2008 Orange
2009 Chick-fil-A
2010 Orange
2011 Sugar
2012 Russell Athletic
2013 Sun
2014 Military

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