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Murray has Stoops thinking of Peterson
Sooner coach sees ‘a really special player' starting to emerge

by Berry Tramel Modified: August 7, 2008 at 11:37 am •  Published: August 7, 2008

/> OU hasn't seen such big-play power since Marcus Dupree's 1982 home run derby. Not even from Peterson.

That's why we saw, and will see, Murray line up all over the field. Tailback. Flanker. Flanker in motion and take a pitch.

Running backs coach Cale Gundy said OU has too many weapons — and maybe Murray has had too many injuries — to turn him into a 30-carries-a-game tailback. But the Sooners will try to get the ball in Murray's hands by any means possible.

"Using him in different ways gives him a chance to make big plays,” Gundy said.

Said Stoops, "He's such a good athlete. It's fun to watch him. He's got great hands. He's a guy who could be all-American at corner, receiver or running back. Or playing college basketball, if he wants.”

Murray was a high school stud in both sports at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. But his freshman season never launched, because of turf toe, so when Peterson's junior season ended with a broken collarbone, Allen Patrick took over the tailback duties.

Last season, Patrick, Murray and Chris Brown shared tailback duties, and Murray suffered a dislocated kneecap at Texas Tech and missed OU's final three games.

But despite Murray's claim that OU will still use a tailback by committee (Mossis Madu to replace Patrick), make no mistake. The Sooners have a tailback star and will put him in the cleanup role so long as his health holds out.

There could be no other destination for a tailback who draws comparisons to Adrian Peterson.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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DeMarco Murray signs autographs for Sandy Crowder on Wednesday at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. by CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN


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