Dallas Cowboys expect DeMarco Murray to carry the load
By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
OXNARD, Calif. -- Running back DeMarco Murray surprised more than a few people with his toughness during a breakout rookie season last year with the Dallas Cowboys.
Everyone knew about his speed and quickness after a standout career at Oklahoma, but his toughness and durability supposedly were concerns. It's one reason why he fell to the Cowboys in the third round after five other backs went ahead of him in the 2011 NFL Draft.
"The thing that excited me the most was the question mark on him: 'Was he a good inside runner?'" Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "We saw that he could carry the mail inside. We didn't know that. The draft didn't know that. The NFL didn't know that. But he showed that. So that is very encouraging. That gives you the stability or credibility that you like as your back."
Credibility is certainly no longer an issue for Murray, who is already considered one of the team leaders after rushing for 897 yards in seven starts as a rookie, including a team-record 253 yards in his first start against the Rams, before suffering a season-ending fractured ankle...
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