Oklahoma football: Former Sooner Eric Gray wraps up productive Senior Bowl week

Feb 4, 2023; Mobile, AL, USA; American running back Eric Gray of Oklahoma (0) runs behind American offensive lineman Richard Gouraige of Florida (76) as National linebacker Ivan Pace Jr of Cincinnati (11) tries to break up the play during the first half of the Senior Bowl college football game at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2023; Mobile, AL, USA; American running back Eric Gray of Oklahoma (0) runs behind American offensive lineman Richard Gouraige of Florida (76) as National linebacker Ivan Pace Jr of Cincinnati (11) tries to break up the play during the first half of the Senior Bowl college football game at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /
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Former Oklahoma football running back Eric Gray wrapped up a productive and memorable week at the 2023 Senior Bowl on Saturday.

Gray wasn’t the biggest running back name participating in the 2023 Senior Bowl, but he certainly got plenty of attention from the coaches and players taking part in the annual NFL showcase of top college players who have completed their college eligibility.

Gray was one of four former Sooners who took part in this year’s Senior Bowl activities. Besides the former OU running back, TE Brayden Willis, offensive lineman Wanya Morris and DL Jalen Redmond were invited to participate in the game.

All four Sooners were selected for the American team roster.

The Senior Bowl game was held on Saturday in Mobile, Alabama, with the National team prevailing 27-10. Gray had the second-most rushing yards for the American squad, rushing for 17 yards on five carries. That was exceeded only by Kentucky’s Chris Rodriguez, who gained 27 yards on six carries.

OU’s Gray also caught three passes in the game for 13 yards, finishing the game with 30 yards of total offense.

During the week of practice that preceded the game, Gray was honored as the running back practice player of the week. He was voted that honor by the members of the running back room on the American team.

Gray played just two seasons at Oklahoma after transferring from Tennessee ahead of the 2022 season. He rushed for a total of 1,176 yards and 13 touchdowns in his two seasons and averaged 6.10 yards per carry. His 1,366 rushing yards and 6.41 yards per carry this past season ranked 14th in the country among FBS players.

Gray may not be among the first running backs selected in the upcoming NFL Draft, but he could come off the board around the fourth or fifth round.