Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray will undergo surgery on Dec. 22 and will not play in the BCS National Championship game. The sophomore has a partial rupture of a hamstring tendon in his left leg.
Murray injured the hamstring on the opening kickoff of the Big 12 Championship game on Dec. 6. It was initially thought Murray had sustained a deep bruise.
“Obviously we're very disappointed for DeMarco," OU coach Bob Stoops said. “He has been an important part of our success this year and we will miss his contributions. DeMarco has had an incredible year."
“With Chris Brown and Mossis Madu, we still have two very fine backs. Our team has a lot of confidence in their abilities."
Murray is OU’s second-leading rusher (behind Brown) with 1,002 yards and is the team leader in all-purpose yards with 2,171. He was second on the team with 18 touchdowns and third in points scored (108).
OU head athletics trainer Scott Anderson said it will be about five months before Murray is cleared to begin training.
The Sooners take on Florida on Jan. 8, in Miami in the BCS National Championship game.