Aledo sophomore running back Johnathan Gray, who rushed for 252 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Bearcats' 35-21 victory over Brenham in the Class 4A Division II state championship game, has been selected as National Sophomore of the Year by MaxPreps, a cbssports.com Web site focusing on high school sports.
Gray finished the 2009 state-championship campaign with 2,814 yards and 50 TDs in 16 games. He also added 457 yards on 29 receptions with eight TDs.
Gray won the award over finalists Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) running back Rushel Shell, Kenton (Ohio) quarterback Maty Mauk, and Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green.
Other Texans making the MaxPreps national all-sophomore first team include Hiva Lutui, a 6-3, 275-pound offensive lineman from Euless Trinity, LaDarrell McNeil, a 6-2, 200-pound defensive back from Dallas A. Maceo Smith, and Cayleb Jones, a 6-3, 185-pound wide receiver from Austin High School.
Gray has rushed for nearly 4,000 yards in his two years at AHS.