"I didn't start playing running back until my freshman year in high school," he said. "Before that it was linebacker, DB and all that."
The football savant who switched Murray over? "My running backs coach at Gorman High School, Coach Wright," he said. "He pretty much told me, 'Hey, if you want to do it, we'll give you a shot.' I guess he had a lot of faith in me."
Wright believed because of what he had seen.
"It was DeMarco's ability to make people miss as a defensive player," he said. "He'd turn his body certain directions, glide through the line, shed blockers and make plays. I figured if he could do that, he'd be a pretty good at running back for us. We tried him out and lo and behold . . . He was like a fish in water. He took right to it."
In the photo above, Murray runs threw Miami defenders during a steady rain in Norman.