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Monday, April 29, 2013
College coach vouches for Oakland RB

By Bill Williamson

George O’Leary is a former NFL defensive coordinator.

He knows what it takes for a running back to succeed in the league, and O’Leary thinks new Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray has what it takes to make it at the next level. Oakland took the Central Florida running back in the sixth round of the NFL draft Saturday.

Murray is 6-foot-3, 224 pounds and he has good speed. He should get a chance to get some carries as a rookie. O’Leary, the head coach at Central Florida, said in a telephone interview Monday that he thinks Murray can help Oakland because he is a versatile player.

“He can do a lot of things,” O’Leary said. “I think he is NFL-ready. I think he can help Oakland. They are getting a player that is good in just about everything he does. He can run. He knows blocking protections. He has really good hands of the backfield. He can help on special teams. They are getting a good player.”

O’Leary said Murray needs to continue to develop as a rusher, but he has all the skills to be successful in the NFL. O’Leary said in addition to his versatility, Murray is coachable and has good character.

“He has a chance to be successful,” O’Leary said. “He’s one of those guys who can turn a four-yard gain into a nine- or 10-yard gain.”