Torrian Gray | Washington Redskins

Team: Washington Redskins
Organization: Pro Football
Position: Defensive Backs Coach
League: National Football League
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida


Torrian Gray is entering his seventh NFL season and his fourth in a coaching capacity after joining the Redskins as the team's defensive backs coach on February 8, 2017.

Gray joined the Redskins in 2017 with 18 previous years of coaching experience overseeing defensive backfields. He helped develop a number of NFL defensive backs at the collegiate level, including cornerback Brandon Flowers, safety Kam Chancellor and cornerback Kyle Fuller, among others. He also oversaw the development of two Redskins draft picks, defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett (2015) and cornerback Kendall Fuller (2016).

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 Quinton Dunbar.

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.

Prior to his time at Florida, Gray spent 10 seasons coaching defensive backs at his alma mater, Virginia Tech. In his 10 seasons in Blacksburg, 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 against any defense in the nation.

During Gray's tenure, a total of 11 Hokie defensive backs were selected in the NFL Draft, including Aaron Rouse (2007, Round 3), Brandon Flowers (2008, Round 2), Victor "Macho" Harris (2009, Round 5), Cody Grimm (2010, Round 7), Kam Chancellor (2010, Round 5), Roc Carmichael (2011, Round 4), Jayron Hosley (2012, Round 3), Antone Exum (2014, Round 6), Kyle Fuller (2014, Round 1), Kyshoen Jarrett (2015, Round 6) and Kendall Fuller (2016, Round 3).

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.

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.

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.

1992-96           Defensive Back Coach                       Virginia Tech

1997-99           Defensive Backs Coach                      Minnesota Vikings

2000-01           Defensive Backs Coach                      Maine

2002-03           Defensive Backs Coach                      Connecticut

2004-05           Asst. Defensive Backs Coach             Chicago Bears

2006-12           Defensive Backs Coach                      Virginia Tech

2013-15           Def. Secondary/Pass. Game Coor.     Virginia Tech

2016                Defensive Backs Coach                      Florida

2017-Pres.       Defensive Backs Coach                      Washington Redskins

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