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The best Bob Stoops-era Oklahoma football players: No. 14, running back DeMarco Murray (2006-10)

by Ryan Aber Modified: July 3, 2013 at 10:05 am •  Published: July 3, 2013
Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray (7) scores on a touchdown run as Baylor defenders Mikail Baker (5) and Tyler Stephenson (27) give chase in the first half of an NCAA football game, Saturday Nov. 20, 2010 in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)
Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray (7) scores on a touchdown run as Baylor defenders Mikail Baker (5) and Tyler Stephenson (27) give chase in the first half of an NCAA football game, Saturday Nov. 20, 2010 in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

NORMAN—As Bob Stoops enters his 15th season as Oklahoma’s head football coach this fall, Jason Kersey and myself look back at the top 15 OU football players during Stoops’ tenure. The list began with Brandon Everage at No. 15. Today it continues with running back DeMarco Murray at No. 14.

DEMARCO MURRAY
Jersey No.:
7
Position: Running back
Years played: 2006-10
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Big 12 championships: 4
National championships: 0
Individual awards won: None
Notable: Murray ran for 3,685 yards in his career, sixth-best in Sooners history. … He scored 50 touchdowns rushing and 65 touchdowns overall. … Murray holds the OU record for all-purpose yards with 6,718–1,571 receiving and 1,462 on kick returns. … Currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys.

THREE MEMORABLE GAMES
Oklahoma 28, Texas 21
When:
Oct. 6, 2007
Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Murray’s day: After hurdling one of his own lineman who was finishing off a block just past the line of scrimmage, Murray went for a 65-yard touchdown that broke a 14-all tie in the third quarter. Murray was in the game because starter Allen Patrick was injured. Murray finished with 128 yards rushing and 67 yards of kickoff returns.

Oklahoma 65, Texas A&M 10
When:
Nov. 14, 2009
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Murray’s day: A week after scoring just three points in a loss to Nebraska, the Sooners’ offense came alive, largely thanks to Murray. He had 143 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five catches, setting a school record for receiving yards by a running back. He also ran for 80 yards and 18 carries.

Oklahoma 31, Utah State 24
When:
Sept. 4, 2010
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Murray’s day: Murray had career highs in carries (35) and rushing yards (218) and the Sooners needed every one of them to avoid a season-opening upset. Murray’s third quarter 63-yard touchdown run helped OU build a lead that the Aggies couldn’t overcome.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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