A note from the bad news department – sophomore cornerback Gary Gray did not make the trip to Hawaii with the team due to “personal reasons” according to the Chicago Tribune.
Backup cornerback Gary Gray did not make the trip due to “personal reasons,” a team spokesman said.
Gray played in nine games as a sophomore after sitting out all of 2007, recording 15 tackles and two interceptions.
Gray had been passed on the depth chart earlier this year by freshman Robert Blanton and since then there’s been some rumblings that he wasn’t happy. The fact that he didn’t make the trip to Hawaii doesn’t necessarily bode well for his long term future with Notre Dame and I’m sure Charlie Weis will be asked about Gray’s status at tomorrow’s press conference.
Should Gray transfer, it would deliver a blow to Notre Dame’s depth at cornerback. Even if Darrin Walls returns next year, Gray figured to see a lot of playing time. Here’s what the depth at corner would look like next year without Gray.
- Seniors: Darrin Walls*, Raeshon McNeil
- Juniors: None
- Sophomores: Robert Blanton, Jamoris Slaughter*
- Freshmen: EJ Banks, Marlon Pollard
* denotes 5th year eligibility
Let’s hope Gray’s absence does not mean that he is trasnferring because depth at corner will be an issue in 2010 if Walls does not return for a 5th year (that is assuming Walls returns to school as many believe he will).