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Murray looks ready for 2008

7/24/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
One of the few concerns about Oklahoma's potent offense coming out spring practice is the health of sophomore running back DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 764 yards and a team-leading 13 touchdowns as a freshman before suffering a season-ending dislocated kneecap. The injury occurred when Murray unsuccessfully attempted to recover an onside kick in the Sooners' loss at Texas Tech.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he's excited about Murray's fast recovery and that he should be in the mix as one of Oklahoma's featured rushing threats along with Chris Brown and Mossis Madu.

"He's recovered well and when I've seen him coming into the training room to rehab his knee, he says he feels great," Stoops said Wednesday at the Big 12 media days in Kansas City.

Stoops said he expects Murray will be fully recovered in time for the Sooners' Aug. 30 opener against Chattanooga.

"DeMarco is an explosive, exciting player," Stoops said. "He's one of those special athletes. Everybody sees the great speed and moves that he has. But he's also a physical guy, too. When you get up next to him and you pat him on the shoulder, there's a lot to that guy. He's a stronger runner I think than people might notice."