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Monday, September 2, 2013
DeMarco Murray not thinking about 2012

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- DeMarco Murray ran for more than 100 yards in a game just once last season. It came against the New York Giants in the season opener, the same team the Dallas Cowboys will face in Sunday's season opener.

“I don’t remember much about last year,” Murray said. “I’m just focused on this year and trying to get things done this year.”

Murray’s turn-the-page take is admirable, but he had 131 yards on 20 carries, including a long of 48 yards in which he ping-ponged off some of his own blockers before breaking free from the Giants' defense.

Murray eclipsed 90 yards in a game just one more time in 2012, and in that game at Baltimore he suffered a sprained foot that knocked him out of the next six games.

The Cowboys have vowed to run the ball not only better but more in 2013. Coach Jason Garrett has given up the play calling to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. They have altered their running game some by changing the landmarks the runners use in their zone plays. Murray, who finished the preseason with 73 yards on 19 carries in four preseason games, did not want to get into too many details.

“Some things are different, but you’ll have to wait and see,” Murray said. “You’ll have to watch come Sunday.”

The Cowboys hope it turns out like last year’s season opener, even if Murray doesn’t remember much about it.