MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Gopher football team plays its finale against Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on Friday night.

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That means it’s the final game for MarQueis Gray.

“It feels great, you know. I’ve played since 2009, so the last few years you’ve just been sitting at home during this time, watching other people play. And to go out there and get one last game in is a great feeling for us seniors,” Gray said.

It’s all part of what has been an interesting time for him in Minnesota. He came to conquer and has battled his way through an eventful career.

He has played quarterback and receiver. He has a feel for the game, and he may well end up in an NFL camp. His bowl appearance is another opportunity to impress professional onlookers.

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“It’s Friday night, the only game that night, so pretty sure there’s going to be scouts…and they’re going to watch on TV, so I got to do whatever I can to make sure I impress them,” he said.

He will impress them as an athlete. He may be a player without a position but according to teammate Donnell Kirkwood, Gray’s certainly a player with potential.

“MarQueis is great as an athlete; he’s huge…he’s a freak, that’s basically what he is. But he’s fast, big, strong, can throw a football, can catch it. He can do it all,” Kirkwood said.

So he leaves at least in the post season – an interesting career with the best perhaps yet to come.

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“There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but mainly ups. I mean, I have no regrets about coming here, no regrets in my decision. Made a lot of friends, brothers, and I’m just happy that I came here,” Gray said.

Mike Max