A decade after his college career ended, DeMarco Murray is back at the University of Oklahoma. Murray is the Sooners’ new running backs coach.
He held that position at Arizona last season, and is only three years removed from actually playing running back in an NFL game. A three-time Pro Bowler, Murray’s seven-year professional playing career ended with the Tennessee Titans in 2017.
Murray just turned 32 today and is still in presumably good shape. That’s why head coach Lincoln Riley didn’t beat around the bush when asked today about the addition of the 2014 NFL Offensive Player of the Year to his staff.
Riley told the media that Murray is without a doubt the best athlete on the staff and we see no reason to question that assessment. We figure he won’t have any problem demonstrating the finer points of running back play to his athletes during practice this season.
Lincoln Riley on DeMarco Murray: "Well, there's certainly no question who the best athlete on the staff is now."
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) February 12, 2020
During his NFL tenure, Murray had several huge seasons, none more productive than 2014. with the Dallas Cowboys. That year, he made first-team All-Pro and led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,845 and rushing touchdowns with 13.
Murray totaled 7,714 rushing yards and 91 touchdowns in 99 career games with the Cowboys, Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.
He was originally a third-round pick for the Cowboys out of OU in 2011.