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Patrick green / www.patrickgreenpictures.net: Texas A&M Aggies running back Cyrus Gray (32) and Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Lavonte David (4). Patrick green / www.patrickgreenpictures.net: Texas A&M Aggies running back Cyrus Gray (32) and Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Lavonte David (4).

COLLEGE STATION- Texas A&M University football stars junior Cyrus Gray, Running Back, and senior Von Miller, Joker, play integral parts in their team’s success on the field.

Both young men are also products of the DeSoto High School football program and were prepped by then Head Coach Dave Meadows.

With the Aggies 9-6 win over previously unbeaten on the road Nebraska Saturday, Gray is enjoying five-straight games with 100 yards of rushing.

In Saturday’s game, he picked up 137 rushing yards which is a career-tying mark, and career-high 65 receiving yards for total of 202 yards in the win at home.

He has also posted a total of 396 rushing yards in A&M’s last three games since replacing teammate Christine Michael who is out with a broken leg.

As a senior at DeSoto, Gray rushed for 1,975 yards and 28 touchdowns after having rushed for 1,482 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior.

He enjoyed Texas 5-A All-State quarterback Honorable mention honors as a senior and was named to the

Texas Sports Writer’s Association All-State Second Team as a kick returner and Third Team as a running back his junior year.

The accolades followed Gray to College Station where he was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the head coaches last year as a sophomore. He was also A&M second leading rusher with 757 yards and led the team with three 100-yard games.

Fellow Aggie teammate Von Miller is no stranger to the spotlight either.

The 6’3 senior out of DeSoto has proven vital to the Aggie defense.

As a senior at DeSoto, Miller was named the District 8-5A Defensive MVP after posting 76 tackles, 14 of which were for loss of yardage, and six sacks.

He also posted an impressive junior campaign with 37 tackles, 14 for loss of yardage, seven sacks, and 12 quarterback hurries landing him a spot on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Super Team as a second-team defensive lineman.

Miller has enjoyed even greater success in his college career at College Station. In 2009, he was selected as a First-Team All American by The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated making him the first Aggie since 1999 to capture such honors. He led the nation in sacks with 17 and was fifth in tackles for loss of yardage after the regular season and was a unanimous All-Big 12 pick.

In Saturday’s game against the Corn Huskers, Miller posted four solo tackles and two assists along with two tackles for loss yardage.

As Gray and Miller prepare for the upcoming match-up with Texas on Thanksgiving night, both have been instrumental in bringing the Aggies back into the national spotlight. Miller’s talents have no doubt caught the eye of professional football teams and Gray looks for continued success in his senior season next year. No matter where life and football take these talented athletes, they will always appreciate the foundation laid for them in DeSoto.

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