Oklahoma has had little trouble recruiting running backs since landing Adrian Peterson and Demarco Murray. Now it seems that the heir apparent to Murray could follow him from high school to college.[details]
2009 (Junior): All-Big 12 second team by coaches and honorable mention by AP ... All-Big 12 Academic second team ... second on the team in both rushing and receiving ... had two 100-yard rushing games with 107 against Baylor and 101 against Idaho State ... career-high 143 receiving yards vs. Texas A&M to tie OU game record for receiving yards by a RB ... career-high eight receptions vs. Texas ... four multi-touchdown games (13 in his career).
2008 (Sophomore): All-Big 12 first team by the coaches and second team by the AP ... All-Big 12 Academic first team ... second team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American ... suffered hamstring injury on opening kickoff of Big 12 Championship and missed BCS Championship ... set OU single-season record for all-purpose yards with 2,171 total yards ... became Oklahoma's 67th 100-yard rusher with 100 yards in the third game of the season ... team's leading kick returner with 774 yards, second best in a season in OU history ... blossomed into a receiving threat with 31 receptions, the fourth most by an Oklahoma receiver in a season ... eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in five games ... also topped the century mark in kick return yards on three occasions, including 196 yards against Oklahoma State ... sat out Big 12 Championship after suffering an injury on the game's opening kickoff ... had multiple touchdowns in six games ... accounted for four touchdowns against Kansas State, two rushing and two receiving ... had back-to-back 100-yard games against Texas A&M and Texas Tech, including 123 yards on just seven carries against the Aggies ... had a career-high seven receptions against A&M and career-high 71 receiving yards against Tech.
2007 (Freshman): Suffered a dislocated knee cap in game No. 11 at Texas Tech, then missed the remainder of the season and the subsequent spring workouts ... Rivals Freshman All-American ... honorable mention All-Big 12 by the coaches and Associated Press ... honored by the AP as both a running back and all-purpose player ... first team Academic All-Big 12 ... averaged 29.3 yards per kickoff return, the second-highest average in team history ... 15 touchdowns tied the OU freshman record set by Adrian Peterson ... set another OU record with five touchdowns in his debut game against North Texas ... rushed four times for 100 yards against Utah State, including a 92-yard TD run, third longest in OU history ... scored three touchdowns at Tulsa, including an 81-yard kickoff return ... led OU with 17 rushes and 128 yards and one touchdown, a 65-yard sprint, against Texas ... scored four times, three rushing and one on a 91-yard kickoff return vs. Baylor ... 129 return yards against the Bears was the fourth-highest total in OU history ... rushed 19 times for 94 yards at Texas Tech before suffering the season-ending injury.
2006 (Redshirt): Redshirted.
Personal: Named 2005 Sunset Region Offensive Player of the Year... Earned all-state honors in 2005 and was an all-conference pick three consecutive years... Rushed for 1,947 yards and 27 touchdowns his senior year... Also caught 22 passes for 624 yards and 7 touchdowns... Had 64 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions on defense... Played in the U.S. Army High School All-American game... Also led Bishop Gorman basketball team to a 2005 state championship... Was a top-30 basketball recruit as well... Bench presses 265 and squats 465 pounds... Has a vertical jump of 39 inches... Clocked at 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash... Coached by David White... Born Feb. 12, 1988... Parent: Kevin Murray.
Notes: Also lettered in basketball as a prep. Redshirted in 2006 as he nursed a turf toe injury. Started the season opener in '07 when Ravens '08 seventh-rounder Allen Patrick was injured. Appeared in 11 games and split carries, rushing 127 times for 764 yards (6-yard average) with 13 touchdowns and catching 14 balls for 60 yards (4.3) and zero TDs. Also returned 15 kickoffs for 439 yards (29.3) with two touchdowns. Was limited by a left foot injury in the regular-season game against Missouri and suffered a dislocated right kneecap during an onside kick against Texas Tech which ended his season. Underwent surgery and sat out spring practice while recovering. His 15 touchdowns (nine of which were scored against North Texas and Baylor) tied Adrian Peterson's OU freshman record. In '08, started 12-of-13 games in which he played and rushed 179-1,002-14 (5.6) with 31-395-4 (12.7) receiving and 28-774 (27.6) on kickoff returns. Set a school single-season record for all-purpose yards (2,171) before suffering a ruptured left hamstring returning the opening kickoff against Missouri in the Big 12 title game. Underwent surgery and was sidelined for the BCS Championship. Dealt with a right hamstring strain in August '09, but started 8-of-12 games and totaled 171-705-8 (4.1) rushing with 41-522-4 (12.7) receiving. Sprained his right ankle against Texas and sat out against Kansas. Healthy in '10, established OU career records for all-purpose yards (6,498) and touchdowns (64) as he rushed 282-1,214-15 (4.3) with 71-594-5 (8.4) receiving and 10-249 (24.9) on kickoffs in 14 starts. Elected to not run 60-yard shuttle at the Combine.
Positives: Terrific receiver out of the backfield - adjusts to throws, has soft hands, catches naturally outside his frame and was very productive in this area. Can stick his foot in the dirt and accelerate. Outstanding long speed. Showed playmaking ability when healthy. Versatile - can line up in the slot and was an impact kickoff returner.
Negatives: Durability is a concern - is built like a receiver, lacks bulk and has been very injury-prone, struggling to make it through a single season healthy despite never shouldering a full workload. Lacks the physicality and lower-body power to run inside. Runs upright, is straight-linish, very tight-hipped and exposes his frame to some big hits - will always battle injury. Average suddenness and elusiveness and can be late to the corner. Needs to get stronger as a blocker.
Summary: Narrowly built, one-cut, stretch-zone runner who will be overdrafted because of his size-speed combo, hands and return ability. Likely to spend a short-lived career in the training room once he has to deal with the rigors of the NFL.