|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 215 lb.|
|Born:||February 12, 1988|
|Drafted:||2011 / Rd. 3 (71)|
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Friday, February 9, 12:00 PM
Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray was ineffective throughout 2017 and ESPN Titans reporter Cameron Wolfe predicts Tennessee will release Murray this offseason. It is a logical -- and expected -- move that will save the Titans $6.5 million against the cap in 2018. Murray was great in 2016, but battled injuries all of 2017, missed the playoffs, and turns 30 next week. Derrick Henry will then be freed up as the unquestioned lead back, while the Titans can add a third-down, pass-catching type to complement him under new OC Matt LaFleur.
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Born February 12th, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada, DeMarco Murray attended Bishop Gorman High School where he was a three-season athlete playing football in the fall, basketball in the winter and running track in the spring. During his tenure, Murray was an All-Conference pick for three straight years and his team was three-time Conference Champions. During his senior year, Murray rushed for 1,947 yards with 27 touchdowns. Additionally, he grabbed 22 passes for a staggering 624-yards which earned him All-State honors as well as the 2005 Sunset Region Offensive Player of the Year award.
Given that he was one of the top running backs in the 2005 class, Miami (FL), Texas A&M, USC, Oklahoma and Penn State made him offers. At the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he announced his decision to attend Oklahoma. According to Scout.com, Murray's scout rating was #8 after leaving high school due to his vision, breakaway speed and foot quickness.
Murray was red-shirted during his first NCAA Football season with the Sooners. However, during his first game versus North Texas Mean Green on September 1st, 2007, Murray scored five touchdowns and rushed for 87 yards. This performance made him the first player to score four touchdowns combined in a half during his debut. Two-weeks later against Utah State University, Murray enter the school's record book with a 92-yard touchdown run, the third longest in Oklahoma football history.
By the end of 2007, he logged 15 touchdowns, which tied Adrian Peterson's freshman record, logged a 4.40 40 time (team best) and showcased an impressive 36.5-inch vertical jump. On October 16th, 2010, Murray's tied the University of Oklahoma all-time touchdown leader, Steve Owens with 58 touchdowns. By the end of his career, he had 65 touchdowns making Murray the fifth player in the Big 12 to ever score 60 or more career touchdowns. Other college career highlights include 3,685 rushing yards including 50 touchdowns, 157 catches for 13 touchdowns and 1,462 kickoff return yards including two touchdowns.
Naturally these incredible statistics brought him to the next left. Murray was a third round NFL draft pick (71st overall) in 2011 by the Dallas Cowboys where he signed a four-year contract with a $2.97 million salary and a $622,000 signing bonus.
During his rookie season, Murray was a third string running back. However, on October 16th, 2011, the starting running back, Felix Jones, had an ankle injury so Murray was able to get in some time. The following week, Jones was still out so Murray moved to second string and ran for 253 yards on 25 carries breaking Emmitt Smith's single-game rushing record. By the end of the season, Murray led every NFL rookie player in yards per game, average per carry and rushing yards.
During week six, Murray sustained a sprained foot allowing him to miss six games. Despite only playing in 10 games, he finished the season with 161 carries for a total of 663 yards with 4.1 yards per carry. He also had 35 receptions for 251 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.
Murray rebounded strong in 2013 by being ranked 11th in total combine yards with 1,471, having 217 carriers for 1,121 yards and 9 touchdowns. Also, he gained an average of 5.3 yards per attempt which was the highest in the league.
During the 2014 season, Murray set a franchise rushing record with 12 games of over 100 rushing yards. He passed Walt Garrison as seventh on the all-time Cowboys rushing list. He also finished the season as the NFL's top rusher and named to his second Pro Bowl.
On March 9th, 2015, he was signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, after LeSean McCoy committed to the Buffalo Bills, for a five-year $42 million contract. Murray had a difficult time with the Eagles becoming frustrated that the offensive line was not opening running lanes which greatly impacted his season.
One-year after signing with the Eagles, Murray was traded to the Tennessee Titans where he had another monster year. On December 20th, 2016, he was named to his third Pro Bowl. His current jersey number is 29. Currently, his Madden 17 ratings give him an overall rating of 83.
On June 20th, 2013, Murray had his first daughter, Savanna June, with longtime girlfriend and actress Heidi Mueller. Then, on January 19th, 2015, Murray and Mueller announced their engagement and, later that year, got married. In 2016, she gave birth to their second child. His Twitter username is @DeMarcoMurray and his Instagram username is demarcomurray.