Jerry Gray, a former Texas All-America defensive back who has spent 23 seasons in the NFL as a player and coach, joined the Longhorns’ football staff today as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach.
Gray replaces Duane Akina, who resigned to join coach Mike Stoops’ staff at Arizona.
Gray, 48, spent last season as defensive backs coach for the Seattle Seahawks. A two-time consensus All-American during his college career (1983, 1984), Gray has spent the last 14 seasons coaching in the NFL, including five seasons as a defensive coordinator. A member of the Longhorn Hall of Honor, Gray is one of three former Texas players on Brown’s 2011 staff, joining co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and defensive ends coach Oscar Giles.
In a statement released by school officials, Brown said he was “excited to bring back one of our own” by hiring Gray, a coach who “brings a wealth of experience and knowledge” to his craft. Brown said returning players “will be excited to move forward” with Gray, a four-time Pro Bowl selection as an NFL player, because of his strong resume.
“Not very many guys get the chance to come back and coach where they played and to do that at a place that is as special as Texas,” Gray said. “To have a chance to be a part of that is a dream come true.”
_ Jimmy Burch