Quan Bray Hopes to Spark Tiger Offense
It was evident to recruiters that the high school quarterback was an electric player, especially with the ball in his hands. And although he could run and throw – what he did best was bring a real spark to his team.
That’s why he was listed as the nation’s No. 5 athlete by ESPN.com, named the nation’s No. 5 all-purpose back, rated as the No. 6 athlete in the nation by 247Sports, and the nation’s No. 16 running back by SuperPrep.
Coming out of Troup County (Ga.) in 2011, the high school All-American rushed for 1,300 yards with another 300 receiving as a senior and had 2,128 yards and 28 TDs of offense as a junior.
As a freshman at Auburn, he backed up Trovon Reed at the slot position. When Reed went down with a shoulder injury in the Florida Atlantic game, Quan Bray moved into a starting role.
His promotion to starter had as much to do with his work ethic as with his ability. He worked hard to gain the trust of not only his coaches but his teammates as well. His desire to be the best he can be and his attention to detail, is a fact that has been present since the day he arrived on campus.
His first year at Auburn, he appeared in 13 games, led the team in punt returns averaging 7.4 yards per return, and was third in kickoff returns – returning 10 kicks for 242 yards. It was an impressive first year for the four star athlete.
Yet, what was even more impressive was the way he overcame the tragic passing of his mother at the beginning of his collegiate career to become not only a productive player but a good student athlete. He certainly has had to overcome some of the biggest hurdles to play on The Plains and along the way he has taken on a role as one of the team leaders.
His sophomore year saw him become Auburn’s leading receiver and deep man on punt returns. In addition, he threw a 33-yard TD pass to Kiehl Frazier in the second quarter of the ULM game.
At 5’10” and 180 pounds, he ‘s not the biggest in Auburn’s receiver corps but he may be the swiftest. Clocked at 4.4 in the 440, he has the ability to succeed in Onterio’ McCalebb‘s role of being a homerun hitter. The kind of guy that can spark the offense at just the right time.
If the QB can get the ball to him in open space, he can take it to the house just like Onterio was able to do. Having played quarterback in high school, wildcat QB for the Tigers, as well as receiver, punt and kickoff returner, he has the potential to be a impact player this fall.
He relishes the role of being on the field in different positions. In a recent interview he said,” I’m looking forward to playing a lot of different roles. Just trying to be all over the field … be able to help my team and be a playmaker for the team.”
When Gus Malzahn listed him this spring with the first team depth chart, the coach said, “Quan is one of those real versatile guys (with) running back skills. You’ll see us try to get the ball to him in space and let him do his thing.” In other words Bray can be an impact player providing a much needed spark.
And after last year’s anemic offense, the Tigers can use all the sparks they can get.