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OU's DeMarco Murray sidelined for BCS National Championship

By Jake Trotter Modified: December 17, 2008 at 1:12 am •  Published: December 17, 2008
NORMAN — Just when DeMarco Murray had prevailed over one leg injury, he now faces another.

Bob Stoops announced Tuesday that Oklahoma’s sophomore running back will have surgery to repair a partial rupture of his left hamstring tendon and will miss the Jan.8 BCS National Championship game against Florida.

Murray was injured on the opening kickoff during the Dec. 6 Big 12 Championship against Missouri. The original diagnosis by the Sooner staff was that Murray had suffered a bruise.

But an MRI exam revealed the injury to be more serious. Surgery has been scheduled for next Monday.

OU head trainer Scott Anderson said it will be at least five months before Murray can begin working out on the leg again.

"Obviously, we’re very disappointed for DeMarco,” Stoops said in a statement.

"He has been an important part of our success this year, and we will miss his contributions. DeMarco has had an incredible year.”

Murray’s injury means the rushing onus will fall on junior running back Chris Brown and sophomore Mossis Madu.

That’s hardly the end of the world.

Without Murray, the duo combined to rush for 236 yards and six touchdowns in a 62-21 victory over Missouri in the Big 12 title game.

"With Chris Brown and Mossis Madu, we still have two very fine backs,” Stoops said. "Our team has a lot of confidence in their abilities."

Murray — who as a true freshman was forced to redshirt while battling turf toe — will begin a long rehabilitation process for the second time in as many years. BLOG: John Helsley on Murray's future