Jan 8, 2014 11:33 PM by Bill Halter
Tyler Gray was a two way beast in high school at Templeton but he's just focused on one side of the ball now at Boise State. Gray plays outside linebacker for the Broncos, he had 43 tackles and two fumble recoveries during his recently completed sophomore season. Gray was a part-time starter while also playing on special teams. "It's been great, it's a great town, great people there. I like how they got a little bit of city there and then a lot of open country. It's a great place to be" said Gray.
Gray initially picked Hawai'i after an All-State senior season at Templeton. He grey shirted there, meaning he stayed at home for the first semester because Hawai'i didn't have a scholarship for him right away. Gray was packed and ready to move to Honolulu in January of 2011 before a phone call changed his plans. "I was planning to go there, everything was great and about two days before I was getting ready to get on the plane and fly to Hawai'i, Boise called me up."
Gray had a decision to make and he relied on his high school coaches and mentors to help him make it. The coaches at Hawai'i had told Gray they might not be back with the team which made his decision easier. "I chose Boise, everything was packed already I took all that stuff out. I got rid of all my shorts and you know there it's pants and sweatshirts" said Gray.
Gray went to go play for Chris Peterson who had turned the Broncos into a national title contender but at the end of this season, Peterson announced to a team meeting that he was leaving for the University of Washington. "He was great, he was more than just a football coach, he was like a life coach almost. He talked about a lot of things other than football to guide us as young men into adulthood" said Gray about Peterson.
Gray says the team was initially disappointed but they have rallied around new head coach Bryan Harsin who's in the process of hiring assistant coaches. Unlike last off-season when he had shoulder surgery and was limited in his training, this time Gray is healthy and focused on getting better to do his part in getting the Broncos back on track.
Boise State finished 8-5, the programs worst record since 1998.
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