25 Dontey Gay
25 Dontey Gay
Height: 5-9
Weight: 205
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Lexington, Ky.
High School: Henry Clay
Position: RB
Major: Sports Medicine

The top returning ball carrier for the Golden Eagles, Dontey should see plenty of opportunities to add to his career numbers in 2011...he pushed past the 1,000-yard mark for career rushing as a junior and comes into his senior season with 1,108 career yards...he led Golden Eagles in rushing 2009 and was on pace to repeat last season before injuries sidelined him for the final two contests and he finished second on the squad...hard runner and a solid all-purpose player...good hands...his blocking has improved...dangerous lined up deep to return kicks...a game-breaking ingredient...dependable...has piled up 1,932 all-purpose yards to rank second among all active players...has piled up 690 kick return yards...has placed on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in two semesters.

AT TECH (In 2010): Dontey was the starter in the backfield through the first nine games, but missed the final two contests with an injury...had thehighest yards-per-carry among Tech's regular ball carriers. picking up 6.8 per try...finished second the team with 429 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 63 attempts...caught two passes for five yards and added 49 yards on kickoff returns to give him 483 all-purpose yards, fourth on the squad..season-high 89 yards on six carries with two scores in the rain-shortened win over Lane College...rushed for 68 yards on eight carries in win over Eastern Illinois...had 61 on eight attempts against UT Martin...finished the UTM game with 91 all-purpose yards for his season-high.

(In 2009):
Led Tech in rushing and all-purpose yards as a sophomore...rushed for 556 yards on 100 carries, an average of 5.6 yards per try...also led Tech with six rushing touchdowns...caught 13 passes for 10 yards...averaged 18.6 yards on nine kick returns...second on the team in scoring with 36 points...finished with 833 all-purpose yards, an average of 75.7 per game...had two 100-yard games on the ground...after opening the season with 88 yards and two touchdowns against Pikeville to establish a new career-high, Dontey lifted that mark higher when he went for 125 yards and two scores on 20 carries in a win over Southeast Missouri...his second century performance netted 102 yards on 10 carries in the season finale against Murray State...Tech is 3-0 in games when Dontey rushed for 80 yards or better...had three games with exactly the same all-purpose yards, gaining 125 against Pikeville, SEMO and Murray State.

(In 2008):
In his first season on the squad, Dontey played in 11 contests and ranked third on the team in rushing and fourth in all-purpose yards...rushed 37 times for 189 yards, an average of more than five yards per carry...also caught four passes for 25 yards...returned 23 kicks, tops on the team, and averaged 24.4 yards per return...top rushing game of the season came in the final game with 10 carries for 66 yards and one TD vs. Eastern Illinois...had four kick returns for 110 yards, including career-long of 63 yards at Southeast Missouri, setting up a field goal on the final play of the first half...88 yards on three kick returns against EIU, giving him career-best 160 all-purpose yards against the Panthers...ranked fifth in the OVC in kick return yards and seventh in yards per return.

HIGH SCHOOL: A first-team Kentucky All-State pick, Dontey topped the 1,000-yard mark for three consecutive seasons at Henry Clay High School in Lexington...named first-team all-city each year...second-leading rusher in school history...as a senior he had 1,525 yards on the ground and 550 receiving yards, adding up to 19 touchdowns...in the secondary, he led the team in fumbles caused and passes defended...selected to the Tremendous 26, a group of the top 26 players in the state.

PERSONAL: The son of Natasha Gay...birthdate is December 13, 1989...full name is Dontey Turrell Gay...majoring in sports medicine.