DeMarco Murray’s NFL experience valuable for Sooners running backs
DeMarco Murray has been on a roll over the past two recruiting cycles. He helped the Oklahoma Sooners land a pair of four-star running backs in back-to-back recruiting classes.
And it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon. The Sooners are expected to land four-star running back Jeremy Payne in the 2024 cycle and are moving in a positive direction with Caden Durham, another four-star runner.
His experience as a highly productive collegiate and NFL runner pays off for the Oklahoma Sooners on the recruiting track and at Norman. It’s that experience that former running back Jaden Knowles highlighted when asked about DeMarco Murray and his impact on “The Weatherman.”
“Hands down my favorite trainer by far,” Knowles shared with The Rush on 94.7 The Ref in Norman. “We had a great connection. I learned so much from him when I came here to OU. He just took my game to the next level because you learned so much from different eyes. Especially from someone who was in the NFL, and you know, overtaken in the NFL. You learn so much because you think you already know a lot about football and how to run with the ball because you’ve done it all your life. But there are things that I learned that I never thought of that, you know, I translated into the field, which helped me a lot, you know, gave me an opportunity when of the 2021 season. You know, I’m so grateful to him and I wish him the best.
Knowles was able to get a run in the 2021 season as Kennedy Brooks made his way past his non-participating 2020 season, and Eric Gray caught up on the Sooners offense.
The Sooners benefited from a breakout season from Eric Gray, someone who had been lost in the 2021 reshuffle under the previous regime. And with DeMarco Murray in the lead, Oklahoma looks to have a pair of runners who will also make a big impact in 2023.
Jovantae Barnes and Gavin Sawchuk led the way on the Sooners offense in the Cheez-It Bowl loss to Florida State, each rushing for over 100 yards. They ran hard and they were decisive in a game where Oklahoma fielded four new offensive linemen against a very strong Seminoles defensive front.
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DeMarco Murray had a huge impact on the Oklahoma Sooners as a recruiter and coach. In Jeff Lebby’s offense, the running game is the engine that drives him forward. What Murray has done on the recruiting track and on the development side, he’ll keep the Sooners’ rushing attack humming for as long as he’s in Norman.
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