RB DeMarco Murray is third-round pick

April, 29, 2011
4/29/11
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys selected Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray with their third-round pick.

Murray, 5-11, 213 pounds, rushed for 1,214 yards with five touchdowns last season.

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said if he drafted a running back it was to find someone who can play special teams. Tashard Choice, who was a fourth-round pick in 2008, was the third running back and special teams player, but he struggled at it.

The move for Murray could signal the end of starter Marion Barber, who lost the starting job to Felix Jones toward the end of the 2010 season.

Murray most likely will move in as a third running back behind Jones and Choice.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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