DeMarco Murray can’t forget his struggles of a year ago, when he labored to return to form — a process that carried midway through the 2008 season — after knee surgery.
But you, however, can forget a repeat slow recovery for Murray, who is again coming back from surgery, this time to repair a ruptured hamstring tendon. We recently caught up with the junior running back, who reports that all is well in his preparations for 2009. OK, let’s get to the important business first: How’s the leg feel? "I’m feeling 100 percent. I finally feel like my old self, like when I first came in. So I’m feeling good.” Was there anything from your recovery a year ago that spun positively this time around? "That definitely helped. Last year, that was my first football injury ever, in my life. It was my first surgery. Coming into surgery this year wasn’t near as bad as my freshman surgery. This time, it was a lot easier. My mind was in the right place. I was just concentrating on getting better, while at the same time, rehabbing every day and coming into the gym.” What’s been your focus in being ready? "After school got out, we had three weeks off, so I trained back home in Las Vegas before going back to Norman. Every day at 8 a.m., I was working on acceleration, change of direction, things like that; working on technique running.” With no hesitation or concern? "None.” You’ve been a big part of two Big 12 championship teams, yet you’ve missed all but one play of the conference title games and both bowl games. How difficult has that been? "It was tough, but my teammates rallied behind me, as well as my coaches.
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A year ago, OU running back DeMarco Murray was into a comeback from his first football injury and his first surgery. And the surgery was nothing simple. Murray, who suffered a dislocated kneecap in a late-season loss at Texas Tech, required a procedure called a "lateral release,” generally considered the last resort in treating problems with the kneecap. The surgery involves cutting tissue on the outside of the kneecap, in order to free the knee to track correctly. Rehab is critical to rebuild cut muscle and other tissues cut during the procedure. A year later, Murray is in comeback mode again. Yet this time, his recovery from surgery to repair a hamstring tendon in his left leg has gone much smoother. And it shows, in reports from Murray and those around him. "He feels great, just talking to him, he says he’s running and feels great,” said Sooners coach Bob Stoops. "It’s just totally different from the complications with his knee. That was a lot different and a lot more complicated.”