Modified: July 24, 2008 at 7:53 am •  Published: July 24, 2008
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OU's Murray healed and ready
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of the biggest questions surrounding Oklahoma in the offseason has been the status of running back DeMarco Murray's health. The sophomore tailback dislocated his kneecap last November at Texas Tech and had surgery shortly after.

But OU coach Bob Stoops put any worries to rest when he took the podium Wednesday at Big 12 Media Days.

"He says it feels great,” Stoops said of Murray, who averaged 6.0 yards per carry last season. "I ask him how he's running and he says, ‘Coach, I'm doing everything. I feel great running, I feel super.'

"According to him and our trainers, everything is on schedule and he looks great.”

Murray is viewed as the most dynamic player on the Sooner offense and could be set up for a breakout season.

"He's one of those special athletes that everyone sees the great speed and the moves he has, but he's a physical guy, too,” Stoops said. "He's about 210 pounds, so he's put together. He's a stronger runner, I think, than people notice.”

•No-huddling: With no coaches to help out, installing a new offensive philosophy can be a challenging prospect during summer workouts.

Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson installed the no-huddle offense during the spring and turned the work over to his players for the summer. Under the guidance of quarterback Sam Bradford, the Sooners' new no-huddle offense has developed well through seven-on-seven sessions.

"Once we picked it up, it was going real fast,” senior receiver Manuel Johnson said. "Now, we know it like we didn't even change the offense at all. Sam's on top of it. Our young receivers that came in are on top of it now. Overall, it's looking pretty good.”

•Royal expansion: Oklahoma State fans who head to Austin, Texas, when the Cowboys play the Longhorns this season will be in for a treat.



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