Cedric Gray among highest ranked returning linebackers

North Carolina linebacker Cedric Gray broke out on the national stage last season, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in tackles as well as all power five schools.

Gray earned Frist Team All-ACC honors as well as Sporting News and PFF Second-Team All-American honors. Now, Gray is returning as the leader of a North Carolina defense that has a new look and is hoping to complement an offense that is led by Drake Maye.

And Gray returns as one of the highest-graded linebackers in all of college football per Pro Football Focus.

The site published its list of highest-graded returning linebackers and with Gray’s grade of 82.2, he’s fifth on the list:

He’s the second highest-graded returning linebacker in the ACC, behind Clemson’s Jeremiah Trotter. Also joining the two on the list are Barrett Carter (Clemson) and Marloew Wax (Syracuse).

Another big season from Gray could mean good things for his future and his NFL draft stock for 2024.

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