Mack Brown turns to an alum for help, hires Jerry Gray

January 17, 2011

Jerry Gray returns to Texas as an assistant head coach.

After last season’s sub-par performance, Texas coach Mack Brown continues to rebuild his coaching staff by hiring ex-Longhorns. Former Texas sensation Jerry Gray was just named the Longhorns’ new assistant head coach and defensive backs coach. He will join fellow alums co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and defensive ends coach Oscar Giles.

Gray is an outstanding addition to the coaching staff who certainly comes from a strong football pedigree that is second to none. He played DB for Texas (’81-’84), played nine seasons in the NFL, and coached as an assistant for Tennessee, Buffalo, Washington, and Seattle.

“I enjoy the teaching part of the game and am excited to be able to pass down to the young guys everything I’ve learned being in the NFL for a long time as a player and coach. The things I like to focus on are technique and helping them better understand the game. Effort and the mental part of the game is the difference in the great players in the NFL, and I think I can help them see that.”

Gray is replacing Duane Akina who left Texas to coach the defensive backs for the Arizona Wildcats.

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