Texas sophomore running back Johnathan Gray had surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon Wednesday morning. While Gray did not rule out returning in time for next year's spring practice but would not say definitely that he would be ready for the 2014 season opener, Longhorns head coach Mack Brown said he expected the Aledo product back in time for fall camp.
"They give you a range that they're hoping he'll be ready for next fall but he's so tough," Brown said. "He's passionate and emotional. I was talking to his dad last night. He's going to come out of this tougher and better then he was going in. I don't think you can put Johnathan a normal recovery."
Gray's parents were in town to help him through the operation. Brown said Monday that he and defensive tackle Chris Whaley, who also suffered a season-ending injury in last week's win over West Virginia, would be at the team hotel before Texas hosts Oklahoma State this Saturday. But Brown said Wednesday that Gray would not be able to join the Longhorns on the sideline this weekend.
"Watching him on the sideline [last] Saturday night, it threw me off," Brown said. "He was walking around, jumping up and down the locker room with a boot on. I'm sure at that time they had probably told him it's most likely a torn Achilles. He just wanted his team to win."
Brown said that Gray should be back in time for fall camp but that he likely won't be available for spring practice. Gray is the team's leading rusher with 780 yards, the third-most in the Big 12, and four touchdowns.