Cyrus Gray is on the list for a bunch of reasons, but one that always stands out was his work ethic. He currently sits third in yards (3,298) and third in carries (632). He finished with a 5.2 yards per carry and 30 touchdowns (plus six more receiving touchdowns and two more in kickoff returns).
His best two seasons were in 2010 (1,133 rushing, 251 receiving) and 2011 (1,045 rushing, 239 receiving). He also finished his career with 103 receptions which is second most by a running back behind Keith Woodside.
Gray’s best game was in 2010 when he rushed for 223 yards on 27 carries in a win against Texas in Austin. He had another 200 (218 to be specific) yard game in 2011 in the four OT thriller against Kansas State in Manhattan. I remember that game very well because I was watching my brother get married at the same time as the game (priorities flawed?).
The teams he played on were not among the best in school history and the football program was stuck in neutral. The 2011 was supposed to have a great season on paper, preseason ranked eighth and was unranked by Halloween and within two months the team had three different head coaches.
Gray was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.