The better running back — Kendall Hunter or DeMarco Murray?

Debate will likely continue at next week's scouting combine
BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: February 16, 2011
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“What separates him from a lot of backs is his strength,” McShay said. “He just runs so hard and is so much stronger than his frame would lead you to believe. That's what really impressed me the most about him.”

Like Hunter, Murray was impressive in the workouts leading up to the Senior Bowl three weeks ago. And with his ability to both catch out of the backfield and pick up blitzes in pass protection, Murray has a skill set that could make him a solid third-down back right away at the next level.

The combine will be important for both Bedlam backs, but especially for Murray, who, despite playing in every game last season and ranking seventh in the country in rushing attempts, continues to have durability concerns in the eyes of the scouts.

Should doctors discover any lingering issues from Murray's past injuries (which include a dislocated kneecap and a torn hamstring tendon) his draft stock could fall. At the same time, should he earn a clean bill of health, Murray's stock could also rise.

“When you look at it, I think Murray scares you a little bit more (than Hunter) in terms of the durability,” McShay said.

“Obviously, Murray's a great pass-catcher. He can give you a lot on third downs. I think he's a little bit of a narrow-based runner, if that makes sense. Runs a little bit high, takes a lot of shots to the body, has the durability issue, and that makes you nervous.”

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