UPDATE 2/8/17: The Redskins have officially announced the hiring of Torrian Gray as defensive backs coach.
The Redskins have hired Torrian Gray as their defensive backs coach, according to multiple media reports.
Gray has 17 seasons of experience coaching defensive backs, most of it at the collegiate level. He coached at Maine and Connecticut before coaching the Chicago Bears’ defensive backs in 2004-2005. The then returned to the college ranks, coaching the Virginia Tech DB’s from 2006-2015 before leaving to coach at Florida last season.
Tech is Gray’s alma mater. He was a three-time all-Big East selection with the Hokies while playing in Blacksburg from 1992-1996.
The Redskins have a particular fondness for Virginia Tech defensive backs, taking one in each of the last two drafts. Former Hokie DeAngelo Hall is the team’s longest-tenured player. Apparently, the organization figured that they might as well get the guy who coached all those Hokies and bring him to the team.
Gray replaces Perry Fewell, who was fired as the defensive backs coach along with defensive coordinator Joe Barry on January 5. Assistant DB coach Aubrey Pleasant was the favorite to land the job but they hit a snag in the negotiations and Pleasant ended up joining the Rams coaching staff.