SPOTLIGHT: Dallas Cowboy running back DeMarco Murray

Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray runs for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.  JERRY LARA/ Photo: Express-News, JERRY LARA / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

PHOTO: Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray runs for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams  during the first half at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 23,  2011.  JERRY LARA


DeMarco Murray (born February 12, 1988) is a running back for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners. Murray was selected in the third round (71st overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys

DeMarco Murray signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys worth $2.97 million including a signing bonus worth $622,000 on July 29, 2011.

On October 23, 2011 he ran 253 yards against the St. Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, breaking Emmitt Smith’s single game rushing record for a Dallas Cowboys running back of 237 yards (set at Philadelphia against the Eagles on October 31, 1993) on October 23, 2011. The record total included a first-quarter 91-yard touchdown run that is second longest in Cowboys history, after a NFL-record 99-yard run by Tony Dorsett in January 1983.

Murray hoists a trophy moments after the 2007 Red River Rivalry game.
No. 29     Dallas Cowboys
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: February 12, 1988 (1988-02-12) (age 23)
Place of birth: Pompano Beach, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 71
Debuted in 2011 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Roster status: Active/Non-Football Injury
Career highlights and awards
  • 2010 All-Big 12 First Team
  • 2009 All-Big 12 Second Team
  • 2008 All-Big 12 First Team (Coaches)
  • 2008 All-Big 12 Second Team (AP)
  • 2007 Freshman All-American (Rivals)
  • 2005 Sunset Region Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2005 High School All-American (SI, Student Sports)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2011
Rushing Yards   324
Rushing Average   6.6
Rushing Touchdowns   1
Receiving Yards   23
Receiving Average   5.8
Receiving Touchdowns   0
Stats at


High school career

DeMarco Murray was coached by David White at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was an all-conference pick three consecutive years. At Gorman, he was a teammate of fellow OU Sooner Ryan Reynolds. During his time at Gorman, his team was 3-time Conference Champions. As a senior in 2005, he rushed for 1,947 yards and 27 touchdowns and also caught 22 passes for 624 yards and 7 touchdowns, earning him all-state honors and the 2005 Sunset Region Offensive Player of the Year award. Murray played in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Considered one of the top running backs of his class alongside Chris Wells, C. J. Spiller and Michael Goodson, Murray drew offers from Miami (Fl.), Penn State and Texas A&M among others. He chose Oklahoma over Southern California at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career

Murray redshirted the 2006 NCAA football season. In his first game for the Oklahoma Sooners on September 1, 2007 vs. University of North Texas, Murray rushed for 201 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the first player to score four touchdowns in a half in his Sooner debut. On September 15, 2007 against Utah State, DeMarco Murray entered the Oklahoma football record book when he had a TD run of 92 yards, which is the third longest in Oklahoma football history.

Murray tied Adrian Peterson‘s freshman touchdown record in 2007 with 15.

Murray logged a 4.42 (team best) 40 time and a 36.5-inch vertical jump during the 2007 winter testing.

On October 16, 2010 DeMarco Murray passed Steve Owens as the all-time touchdown leader at the University of Oklahoma with 58 touchdowns.

Career Records at University of Oklahoma

  • All-Time Leader in Points Scored (390)
  • All-Time Leader in Touchdowns (65)
  • All-Time Leader in All Purpose Yards (6,718)
  • All-Time Leader in Receiving Yards for a Running Back (1,571)



2007 127 764 6.0 92 13 14 60 4.3 25 0 0 0
2008 179 1002 5.6 70 14 31 395 12.7 34 4 0 0
2009 171 705 4.1 38 8 41 522 12.7 67 4 0 0
2010 282 1214 4.3 63 15 71 594 8.6 76 5 0 0


More information

Courtesy: Wikipedia Edited: The Boys Are Back blog

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