DeMarco Murray 67 Yard TD Reception
from the article:
There is no question of how well Murray played in 2013, and what he meant to this offense not only carrying the ball but as a receiver and blitz pickup back. In scout’s terms, Murray is a complete back and in this day and age, is one of those guys that never comes off the field. What is working against Murray is that the view of how the position is used and how it is now compensated has changed drastically over the last three seasons.
We have seen plenty of examples of highly compensated running backs, released to only be replaced by cheaper options or more than one man to handle the job. Where Murray and the Cowboys need to be smart is to find a common ground where both parties can live with the agreement. Murray would be wise to take a page out of Doug Free’s book by getting a real grasp of what the market for his position might be and work from there.
Free was more than willing to work with the club and he was able to grab two nice seasons of money for his services. I believe that Murray can work a deal with the Cowboys, but he is going to have to be realistic about the number of years and the potential money available.
Third-round rookie DeMarco Murray reported to Cowboys training camp Thursday with a hamstring injury and “could miss two weeks.”
This sucks, it just adds to the “he’s injury prone” crap people have been saying about DeMarco.
The entire list of invitees is from nfldraftbible.com
for more on DeMarco Murray check out DeMarco-Murray.com
RB DeMarco Murray, So., 6-0, 191, Oklahoma. Scout’s take: “Bob (Stoops) has had a bunch of terrific runners there, and I’m telling you, this kid could be his best. Including Adrian Peterson. His speed, he hits the high gear immediately. He’s a hard runner, but he’s not the tough inside guy Peterson was. At least not yet.” Link
Titans fire Chow after three seasons.
I saw what he did with Reggie Bush. I can imagine what he can do with DeMarco Murray
here’s a bit about our running backs
JH: You lost the seventh pick in the NFL draft in Adrian Peterson at your position. But while you may not have a running back as good as Adrian coming back, you have a deeper group of running backs, don’t you?
CG: “Yeah, I do. I don’t want to over do it, but I think I have a really good group. I would like to see a better running back group in the country. I am talking overall. I have five young men that are talented and they all are good in their own ways. I want to see the best three running backs at any school, and I want to match them up against my best three running backs. They are good kids who work hard, but they still have to go out and prove it in the fall when we play the games on Saturday’s. I feel comfortable with who I have.”
JH: DeMarco Murray was so good in the spring that people have forgotten how good Allen Patrick is.
CG: “That is right, because A.P. is good. DeMarco is good as well, as is Chris Brown. There are some guys who will argue on our staff that Chris Brown, throughout the course of the year day-in and day-out, is our best running back. I can’t argue with that as well. They all specialize in different areas. Chris is the most solid overall running back that we have. DeMarco Murray is a guy who can get out and play wide receiver and who can create so many plays on his own.
“Allen Patrick is a true tailback who is going to play hard and physical. Mossis Madu has a little DeMarco Murray in him, and who is electrifying. Then you have a guy like Jacob Guiterrez, who has been around here for years. He is your constant guy who you can trust day-in and day-out. Jacob can step in at any time and help you win.”
JH: Are the running backs different enough that when they are in the game they can present different problems for the defense?
CG: “That is correct. You can’t sit back there on defense and kind of suspect the same old things with our running backs. Those linebackers and safeties are running alleys to tackle people. They are running alleys and filling lanes for Chris Brown, and then next time they have to run an angle for Allen Patrick or DeMarco Murray, who are going to be much different. If you took that same angle that you took on the other one, you are not going to get to the other one. Those are little, bitty things that are important.”
12. Chris Alexander, Texas A&M: These days, few teams employ a true fullback like Alexander. The 250-pound blocking back doesn’t get many carries, but he catches the occasional pass, including three for touchdowns last year.
11. Keith Totson, Oklahoma State: Running in the shadow of one of the league’s best backs – keep reading – Totson quietly put together an impressive freshman season last year, averaging almost 6 yards per carry.
10. Hugh Charles, Colorado: Charles has put together a solid career during what’s been an ugly few years for offense in Boulder. He’s carried the ball more than any other back in the league, but has scored only seven touchdowns.
9. James Johnson, Kansas State: It’s possible Johnson might not be the best back on K-State’s roster. The Wildcats waited until midway through the season to give Johnson and freshman Leon Patton extensive playing time last year, but the older Johnson has been a more polished blocker and receiver than Patton, who rushed for more yards and touchdowns last year. Expect them to split carries again this year, though Johnson is the expected starter.
8. Shannon Woods, Texas Tech: If he ever gets out of Mike Leach’s doghouse, Woods could build on a breakthrough sophomore season when he led the league in all-purpose yards. Kobey Lewis was Leach’s preferred back during the spring, but Woods was too productive to be a spectator.
7. Marlon Lucky, Nebraska: For the first time this fall, Lucky should be the featured back for Nebraska now that injuries and defections have depleted the backfield. His only 100-yard games have come against Nicholls State and Troy, but in two seasons, Lucky has carried the ball more than 18 times just once. Other than Texas Tech’s Woods, Lucky is the best receiving threat on this list.
6. Jorvorskie Lane, Texas A&M: At 275 pounds, Lane looks more like a nose tackle. He’s the best short-yardage runner in the country but nimble enough to serve as an every-down tailback. Here’s a great Lane statistic: On 29 third- and fourth-down carries last year, he either scored a touchdown or gained a first down 26 times.
5. Allen Patrick, Oklahoma: When Peterson went down last year, this rugged north-south runner actually improved Oklahoma’s running statistics. His style isn’t fancy – nor did he catch a pass last year – but he proved his toughness logging three consecutive games of 30-plus carries. Minor injuries broke him down late in the season.
4. Dantrell Savage, Oklahoma State: If not for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, this junior college transfer should have been the league’s newcomer of the year in 2006. Only Peterson and Kansas’ Jon Cornish produced more 100-yard games than Savage’s five. The 5-9, 190-pound speedster didn’t get significant carries until midway through the season, but he made the most of his chances with 100-yard games against Texas A&M, Nebraska, Baylor, Texas Tech and Alabama in the Independence Bowl.
3. Tony Temple, Missouri: You can make a case that Temple’s 2006 rushing yardage – 1,063, more than any other returning Big 12 back – was skewed because of his 194-yard outburst against Oregon State in the Sun Bowl represented 18 percent of his season total. That doesn’t change the fact that Temple established himself as one of the league’s elite backs. He committed costly fumbles against Texas A&M and Oklahoma but overcame the other black mark on his résumé: For the first time in his career, Temple didn’t let injuries keep him on the sideline as he lugged the ball 15 or more times in eight games. He isn’t much of a receiving threat – just 22 career receptions – but remains as elusive and explosive as most backs on this list.
2. Jamaal Charles, Texas: Charles might never reproduce his brilliant 2005 season when he averaged almost 8 yards per carry. Last year, with McCoy replacing Vince Young at quarterback, defenses focused their attention on Charles. He logged more carries, but the explosive plays weren’t there, as he averaged 2 fewer yards per carry. Despite an offensive line that included two NFL draft picks, Charles’ only 100-yard game came in September against Rice. That was enough to keep him out of the top spot.
1. Mike Goodson, Texas A&M: How can a player with only one career 100-yard game and four touchdowns top this list? Just look what Goodson did last year in limited duty against A&M’s best competition: 10 carries for 127 yards against Oklahoma … 11 for 80 against Nebraska … 15 for 86 against Texas. Had fumble issues not kept Goodson on the bench early in the year, his breakthrough would have come sooner.
Best RB in the Big 12, DeMarco Murray, wake up people, he was the number 1 RB coming out of HS, (ESPN.com), he redshirted, has avged 11 a carry in spring ball. Okay don’t put him number 1, but have him in the Top 12. And Chris Brown is just HONORABLE MENTION? he’s not better than half those guys listed?
OU should have 3 players in the top 10.
Make that list in December, you would have 3 OU players on it. I guarantee it!
EDIT: Well its June 17th and CollegeFootballNews.com has its OU preview, and guess what they said about OU’s running backs?
Outlook… OU has three backs who could be First Team All-Big 12 performers with the full-time workload. Patrick, Allen and Murray were all superstar recruits, and they run like it. There’s an embarrassment of riches in the backfield in what should be one of the nation’s most effective ground games. Call if a perfect convergence of fast, talented backs working behind a tremendous line.
5. Mike Reed, LB, Oklahoma (transfer): Meet the next great Oklahoma linebacker. Reed, a midyear transfer from Yuba College in Marysville, Calif., won a starting job at middle linebacker after a spectacular spring.
“That’s the guy we recruited … He’s knocked the snot out of a bunch of guys since he’s been here,” OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables said after the spring game.
4. Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma (transfer): The Sooners lose All-Big 12 left tackle Chris Messner but reload with “The Load.” The 6-foot-8, 350-pound Loadholt, a transfer from Garden City, Kan., Community College, has already been called the biggest player in OU history. A foot stress fracture limited him to only five spring practices, but he’ll likely start at left tackle on what could be the best offensive line in the Big 12. Whoever wins OU’s quarterback derby should have his backside kept clean.
3. DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma (redshirt freshman): Three Sooners in the top five? That’s how well Oklahoma has recruited lately. If not for Oklahoma’s ridiculous wealth of running back talent, Murray might be considered one of the country’s most exciting players for 2007. He was certainly OU’s most explosive back during the spring, which concluded with his four-carry, 103-yard day in the final scrimmage. One local writer wrote that Murray’s spring performance might have been the most impressive spring by any OU player – ever.
Fighting a case of turf toe – plus a depth chart that included Adrian Peterson – Murray settled for scout-team duty last season. That will change this fall when OU leans on Allen Patrick and Murray to carry an offense that will start a new quarterback.