Running back Trayone Gray, a 6-2, 215-pound imposing freshman out of Carol City High, has experienced the emotional gamut this season, scoring a 10-yard touchdown on his first career carry and fumbling on his lone carry recently against Cincinnati — the fumble recovered and returned for a 27-yard touchdown.
Gray, who also plays on the kickoff-coverage and punt-return teams, has six carries for 24 yards, and said he knows the playbook “very well now.”
“At first I didn’t,” he said. “I was still learning.”
Gray said fellow freshman Brad Kaaya, UM’s quarterback, reassured him after the fumble, which Gray said occurred when he didn’t notice the corner blitz. It wouldn’t have happened, he noted, if he had held the ball “high and tight.”
“After the fumble, [Kaaya] said he made mistakes before,” Gray said. “They all told me to keep my head up. Our team is a brotherhood.
“… Just move on and learn from your mistake.”
Said coach Al Golden: “That’s a tough lesson to learn. He’ll bounce back. … Hopefully, he has put that behind him.”
Golden already informed the media that offensive tackle Taylor Gadbois (knee) would miss the rest of the season. But on Tuesday’s injury report, UM noted that Gadbois will require surgery. Also out for Virginia Tech is offensive tackle Kc McDermott (knee), receiver Rashawn Scott (shoulder) and, as previously noted, kicker Matt Goudis (back surgery) and long snapper Ronnie Regula (knee surgery).
▪ The ACC announced Tuesday that UM will play Notre Dame at South Bend on Oct. 29, 2016, and that the Irish will travel to UM on Nov. 11, 2017. Additionally, UM will play at Notre Dame in 2024 at a date to be determined, and the Irish will play at UM in 2025.