Offensive lineman Tony Gray has decided to enter the transfer portal. He announced his decision Saturday morning in a social media post where he thanked UCF “for the opportunity to continue my academic and athletic career.”
Gray wrote: “After a long discussion with my family, I have decided to enter the transfer portal and part ways with the University of Central Florida. I would like to thank the Coaching Staff and my Teammates for allowing me to be apart of this process. As of now my recruitment is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OPEN.”
Gray is a redshirt junior who arrived at UCF prior to last season after spending two years and appearing in four games with the Ole Miss Rebels. He received a waiver to play in 2019 just a few days before the start of UCF’s season.
“I’m going to be excited because I’ve actually got a chance to play and show my talent and show the world what I’ve really got to bring to the table,” Gray said last August after getting word that he is immediately eligible to suit up for the Knights.
Gray ended up playing in six games as a reserve left tackle. This February, offensive line coach Glen Elarbee mentioned Gray, Edward Collins and Samuel Jackson as the top three candidates to grab the starting spot at left tackle this season.
“It’s just really a battle at this point,” Elarbee said.
Gray’s exit dings UCF’s offensive line depth, but head coach Josh Heupel thinks the Knights have enough bodies along the O-line to get through what will be an inherently unique and challenging season.
“I think the depth at those positions is a strength,” Heupel said Thursday of the on-going battles at center, left tackle and right tackle. “... Because your kids aren’t in as good of shape as they typically are at this point, I think early in the year you’re probably going to have to rotate more than you typically do. In a season like this with COVID(-19), everybody is going to have to be ready to play, so you better be deeper in all three phases of the game.”