Welcome to Play on Playa, a "new" summer series from Subway Domer. All summer long, we are going to be checking out the profiles of every player on the roster (hopefully, with fingers crossed while sucking on a four leaf clover) and develop the hierarchy of what type of "Playa" each guy is on this team.
So, join us, as we lift back the dark veil of Fighting Irish football, and see what exactly we have in... Jonas Gray.
Jonas Gray #25
Jonas Gray, (Detroit native) has been a complete enigma throughout his career at Notre Dame. Although most of his tenure saw Notre Dame with a lot of depth at running back, it's not like ND had the most talented backfield. True, Armando Allen was a consistent performer, but despite having some dominating moments, Robert Hughes was never a consistent runner. Gray, could have been "the man" if he learned his lesson quicker than Robert Hughes did... you're a big back- RUN LIKE ONE!
2009 was more of the same with Gray. He carried the ball 20 times for 100 yards and 0 TD's. Gray has averaged 25 carries and 103 yards with 0 TD's a year in his three years at Notre Dame. ZERO TOUCHDOWNS. You have to feel sympathetic for the kid. Sympathetic, yes, but his production is damn frustrating to understand given his athletic ability.
There may be no other way around it this year;Jonas Gray is going to get a lot more carries. That's not a "bad" thing, it's just different than are used to. The biggest hope, is that Gray turns into late season 2010 Robert Hughes, and less like another bigger back trying to be Reggie Bush. Gray will have a role to play, but will he perform like an action hero, or will he stay with the comedy routine?
The Playa Chart for your pleasure/reference:
Elite player for the Fighting Irish. This player is either a superstar
already, or right on the verge of superstardom. Absolutely vital
piece of the puzzle.
Major contributor for the Fighting Irish. This player is most likely
a starter, but doesn't have to be. The contributions from these
players will decide the outcomes of games.
We all have our roles to play, but these players will make their
living as one. They will come off the bench to provide needed
help, and a "spark."
|Playa In Training
This player is most likely to be a benchwarmer for this season,
but will be lined up for a great career if they keep their eye on