March 14, 2007

Murray the highlight in first scrimmage

With so much emphasis on recruiting and signing classes, interest in young players in the Oklahoma football program is often ignored due to the possibilities of kids still in high schools across the country.

Well, at least until someone like Demarco Murray re-emerges to show Sooner fans why they were drooling over his signing just a little more than a year ago. Murray was the star of Oklahoma first major public scrimmage of the spring football season as he accounted for 129 total yards of offense and a touchdown in front of 2,500 onlookers.

Murray carried the ball nine times for 92 yards which included a 65-yard touchdown scamper while also pulling in three catches for 37 yards.

"It feels real good," said Murray who sat out most of last year with a serious turf toe injury. "I'm lining up in the slot and coach is giving me a real good opportunity to show what I can do and putting the ball in my hands. I thought I did real good today. I had a couple of busts in protection but other than that I think I did okay."

The Sooners envisioned a special role for Murray and Mossis Madu in a newly devised role for both backs. Murray took full advantage of that role against the OU defense by running through and around Sooner defenders.

"Just whatever coach wants me to do, I'm gonna do it 110 percent," Murray said. "I don't know what the gameplan is and what they want to do but they're lining me up in the slot and I'm just ready to play football."

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