MarQueis Gray
Gray with the Buffalo Bills
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-11-07) November 7, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana
Career information
College: Minnesota
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2013)*
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions     27
Receiving yards     328
Rushing attempts     11
Rushing yards     57
Total touchdowns     0

MarQueis Gray (born November 7, 1989) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Minnesota, and signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Gray has also been a member of the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, and Miami Dolphins.

High school careerEdit

Gray went to Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.[1] There, he was coached by Mike Kirschner, where he was a three-year starter.[2] He was rated as a four-star prospect by, as well as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 1 player in the state of Indiana by Rivals. He received four stars from, which ranks him as the nation's No. 14 high school quarterback, and's No. 13 quarterback nationally, where he was selected to participate in the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, and played in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl, completing 3-of-7 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown. He missed the majority of his senior season after suffering a broken bone in his non-throwing arm, and saw action in just five games during 2007, including three after returning from the injury, and connected on 26-of-41 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 302 yards on 64 carries with four touchdowns and caught five passes for 86 yards and a score. As a junior, he completed 73 of 140 passes for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 603 yards and seven touchdowns on 127 carries. He earned honorable mention Class 5A all-state honors.

Gray committed to University of Minnesota on January 5, 2008.[3] Gray also had a football scholarships from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois, Indiana University, the University of Iowa, Kentucky University, Michigan State University, the University of Oregon, and Purdue University.[4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
MarQueis Gray
Indianapolis, Indiana Ben Davis High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 4.48 Jan 5, 2008 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 14 (QB)   Rivals: 3 (QB), 1 (IN)  ESPN: 13 (QB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit

Gray was forced to sit out his true freshman season in 2008 after his ACT score was deemed invalid due to unspecified "irregularities."[5][6][7]

Gray returned to the team in the spring of 2009 and impressed observers in the Golden Gophers' spring game.[8][9] Gray played in 2009 as both a quarterback and wide receiver.[10][11] He had a breakout game against Ohio State going 5-of-6 passing for 51 yards and tossing his first touchdown pass, all career highs, he also had a career day running ball against the Buckeyes with career highs of 11 carries and 81 yards.[12][13][14] He scored his first collegiate touchdown on a reception against Cal.[15] He finished his freshman season with 265 yards rushing, he ended the regular season as the team's fourth-leading rusher.[16][17][18]

Gray played both positions in the Insight Bowl, inserted as a backup to starting quarterback Adam Weber going 1-of-2 for 11 yards, with three carries for 34 yards.[19] One of those carries — in the fourth quarter — resulted in a fumble, recovered by Iowa State who were able to run out the clock for a 14-13 victory.[20] Gray also caught two passes for 37 yards.[19][21]

As a sophomore in 2010, Gray made appearances in all 12 games including seven starts at wide receiver, where he tallied 42 catches for 587 yards and hauled in five touchdowns. He also had 119 rushing yards on 23 carries while completing two of eight passes for 24 yards.[22][23][24]

Gray was named the starting quarterback for the Gophers for the 2011 season.[25] On the season, he passed for 1,495 yards, eight touchdowns, and eight interceptions.[26]

In 2012, in the Gophers' second game against New Hampshire, Gray surpassed Rickey Foggie and Billy Cockerham with the fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career. He was moved to wide receiver for the rest of the season to allow Philip Nelson to start.[27]


Season Team Passing Rushing Receiving
Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2009 Minnesota 83.4 15 6 40.0 62 1 1 47 265 0 6 58 1
2010 50.2 8 2 25.0 24 0 0 23 110 1 42 587 5
2011 114.5 213 108 50.7 1,495 8 8 199 966 6 0 0 0
2012 146.0 59 34 57.6 472 5 2 72 390 5 12 121 0
Totals[28] 117.5 295 150 50.8 2,053 14 11 341 1,731 12 60 766 6

Professional careerEdit

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Gray posted a 4.30-second 20-yard shuttle, a 7.25 three-cone drill, a 111.0-inch broad jump, a 30.0-inch vertical jump, a 15-repetition bench press, and ran a 4.73-second forty-yard dash, the fourth fastest time among quarterbacks. Though he played some wide receiver in college, Gray worked out with the quarterback group at the NFL Scouting Combine.[29][30]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

After going undrafted at the 2013 NFL Draft, Gray signed with the San Francisco 49ers.[31][32] Initially Gray worked out as a halfback[33] but soon moved to tight end.[34] During the 2013 preseason, Gray caught one pass for 13 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs.[35][36] Gray was later cut by the team on August 30.[37]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On September 1, 2013, Gray was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns.[38] He was used mostly as a blocking tight end and a fullback/H-back, and was also the emergency third string quarterback.[39][40] Gray was waived by the Browns on August 30, 2014 during the final round of roster cuts.[41]

Minnesota VikingsEdit

On August 31, 2014, Gray was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings,[42] but was waived by the team on November 19, 2014 to make room for the newly acquired Ben Tate.[43] He caught one pass with the Vikings for 16 yards, in their loss against the Green Bay Packers in Week 5.[44][45]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On November 20, 2014, Gray was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills,[46] On October 6, 2015, the Bills sent Gray to season ending injured reserve with a broken forearm. He would finish the season with just one catch for two yards in four games.[47]

Miami DolphinsEdit

On March 31, 2016, Gray signed with the Miami Dolphins.[48] On December 29, 2016, he signed a two-year contract extension with the Dolphins.[49] Gray has taken snaps at fullback as well for the Dolphins, occasionally receiving short-yardage carries. Overall, in the 2016 season, he finished with 14 receptions for 174 yards in 16 games.[50] In the 2017 season, he appeared in all 16 games and finished with five carries for 14 yards and one reception for 10 yards.[51]

On September 6, 2018, Gray was placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn Achilles tendon.[52]


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  38. Fucillo, David (September 1, 2013). "NFL roster cuts: MarQueis Gray claimed off waivers by Cleveland Browns".
  39. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 25, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
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  51. "MarQueis Gray 2017 Game Log" (in en).
  52. "Dolphins Sign Escobar, Place Gray On IR". September 6, 2018.

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