Gray, Whaley suffer season-ending injuries

Peter Sblendorio

Texas suffered a pair of serious blows in Saturday night’s overtime win in West Virginia, as sophomore running back Johnathan Gray and senior defensive tackle Chris Whaley each sustained season-ending injuries in the victory,

Texas said on Sunday that the injuries to both Gray (Achilles) and Whaley (knee) require surgery. Whaley’s injury occurred in the first quarter, while Gray’s took place in the third.

Gray enjoyed a strong start to the season, rushing for a team-high 780 yards on 159 carries while scoring four touchdowns on the ground. The sophomore compiled 56 yards on eight carries on Saturday before injuring his Achilles on a non-contact play.

Whaley also turned in a number of strong performances, recording 25 tackles and two sacks in nine games. He scored a pair of defensive touchdowns, one on an interception return against Oklahoma and the other on a fumble return against Kansas.