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Mosley alum, Ezra Gray, is standing out on the field and in the classroom

Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 8:34 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The Alabama State football team, thanks to the pandemic, played in the spring this season, but that change didn’t mean that Mosley alum, and Hornets running, Ezra Gray, was going to change up his work ethic on and off the field.

“I’ve just really made it a point since I’ve been in college to put as much effort off the field as I do on the field,” said Gray. “I’ve been blessed enough to say that it’s been paying dividends for me.”

Gray led the Southwestern Athletic Conference in rushing yards this year and was named a First Team HBCU All-American as a running back. He was named to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team and was chosen as the co-FCS ADA Scholar-Athlete of the year last year.

This year he was selected for the second time as the Magic City Classic Scholar Athlete and was named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy Award, also known as the Academic Heisman.

But he says he couldn’t do it all on his own.

“I always try to figure things out, but sometimes, it gets to a point where you can’t handle everything on your own. I always rely on God or rely on my family to put me on the right path, and it’s just really carried me a long way.”

Gray had his best game of the year against Jackson State with 195 yards and three touchdowns. A performance that even drew praise from Jackson State head coach and Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders.

“Being recognized by Coach Sanders, it was something. It was a wow moment, but at the same time, I was just thinking about all the work I put in and the countless hours and things like that.”

Even with his numerous accolades, Ezra says there is still work to do.

“We’ve still got goals to accomplish, and we still have people’s lives to touch to make sure that they are on the right path as well.”

Gray will be with the Hornets for one more year. He had the opportunity to enter the 2021 draft, but instead will take advantage of his extra year of eligibility from the pandemic.

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