Late on Tuesday night, news broke that Junior RB Trayone Gray will miss the 2016 season due to injury. The injury was first reported by Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post and confirmed by Christy Cabrera-Chirinos of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Yup, 'Canes are down a running back. Also confirming @mattyports report that Trayone Gray is out for the season with a torn ACL.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) August 17, 2016
Gray, a 6’2” 225lb back out of Miami (FL) Carol City HS, is a physical player who has great size and speed, but has struggled to move up the depth chart. Behind Mark Walton, Joseph Yearby, and Gus Edwards, Gray figured to be a depth player this year.
Looking forward for the rest of the year, losing Gray hurts the depth at RB, but isn’t a knockout blow. True Freshman Travis Homer will move into the RB4 slot, and figures to play this year, as opposed to being redshirted.
This is the second year in a row Miami has lost a RB due to injury. In 2015, Gus Edwards missed the season due to a foot injury. Gray is the 2nd player to go down with a torn ACL this year, joining WR Lawrence Cager in having sustained that same injury.
As per the above reports, Gray will take a medical redshirt in 2016, and return to the active roster as a redshirt junior in 2017.
We wish Trayone a swift and complete recovery from his injury.