The DeMarco Murray Effect

November, 7, 2011
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IRVING, Texas -- DeMarco Murray has done something Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett never did.

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Murray has the best three-game rushing totals in team history with 466 yards, thanks to his 139-yard effort Sunday vs. Seattle. Smith’s best three-game run was 446 yards in 1993. Dorsett never topped 433 yards in the same amount of games.

Julius Jones had 436 yards on a three-game run in 2004, including a 198-yard effort against Seattle.

Murray has helped changed the dynamic of the Cowboys’ offense.

“Oh, man, he gives us confidence that if we make our blocks he’s going to hit it hard and going to get in the end zone,” guard Montrae Holland said. “As an O-lineman it makes you more eager to block.”

That Murray has been this good is a revelation after missing almost all of training camp with a hamstring injury.

“He runs really, really hard,” tight end Jason Witten said. “Obviously we have seen those big runs he’s had, but he turns two- or three-yard gains into nice 10-yard gains. He takes some big hits and he gets up. And he’s done a great job of protection. He did a great job in the passing game, he had huge catches yesterday. We all saw where he took a swing pass and turned it into a 12-yard gain. He’s played great. And he comes in every day and works his butt off. He had the big game a couple of weeks ago against St. Louis, and then Wednesday he’s out there playing scout team. It’s like, ‘I don’t think you need to be the scout team back any more, DeMarco. I love the mentality that you have, but get some rest. We need you over here.’ But I think that mentality pays off for him. He’s been great. He’s been a dynamic player for us. Our offense and really our team has been better and had success because of the way he plays.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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