TMP: Stoops has high hopes for Murray
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…There’s no question that Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray is as talented as any running back in the entire country. The only thing that has held him back from reaching his full potential in Norman has been his inability to stay healthy for an entire season. As he prepares for his senior campaign with the Sooners, Murray is confident that he can have an injury-free final season and hit the 1,500-yard mark on the ground.
High expectations, right? Well, head coach Bob Stoops has an even loftier goal for his athletic tailback. Try 1,900 yards.
“I don't think [1,500 yards is] enough. I'd like to see him have about 1,900,” Stoops said on Wednesday. “Not like we haven't done it. Adrian (Peterson) and Quentin (Griffin) both were over 1,900, so we'll see. Hopefully he can do something like that.”
For a tailback who has had only one 1,000-yard season in his career (1,002 in 2008), that’s a pretty ambitious statement. But I’m starting to seriously buy into the Murray hype. With quarterback Landry Jones ready to lead the Sooners for a full season and a deep group of receivers, the Sooners have weapons all over the field. Murray is going to get a healthy dose of carries because Chris Brown is no longer there to split carries. The only issue will be staying healthy, and I’m ready to roll the dice on him staying strong for an entire season. Of course, a rise up the 2011 NFL draft boards would certainly follow.
…Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell just can’t catch a break. Following his release from the team, the Raiders are now filing a grievance against Russell, asking for $9.5 million back from the former first overall pick. The team is arguing that the former LSU star’s contract was altered during his three-year tenure with the franchise. Raiders attorney Jeff Birren said simply, “We have filed a grievance against JaMarcus Russell and that’s all we’re going to say at this time.” Eric Metz, Russell's agent, responded to the claim by saying that the money was fully guaranteed.
Regarding potential suitors for Russell’s services, several teams have reportedly expressed interest in moving him from under center. I actually don’t think that will ever happen, but if I’m Russell, what’s so bad about turning around a career in the CFL or UFL? He’s already been embarrassed by his poor play — at least I hope he cares enough to be embarrassed — so why not become as motivated as you ever have been before and take one of those league’s by storm? Perhaps then he could create a little bit of a better marketplace for his services. Think about it J-Roc, it may not be such a bad idea.
…Kristin Cavallari of The Hills is planning to release a tell-all book after the show wraps up its final season on MTV. Apparently the cast is sick of the show’s producers conjuring up fake drama to make the show more watchable. If you ask me, though, the show is always watchable when Kristin Cavallari is on screen.
… Now that the 2014 Super Bowl has been awarded to New York, certainly representatives in every other NFL city will be lining up to have its town host the biggest spectacle in American sports, right? I was originally against the idea of a cold-weather Super Bowl, perhaps because I’m just a traditionalist in most aspects of life. I open my Christmas gifts on Christmas morning and not on Christmas Eve; I still consider baseball America’s pastime even though football has surpassed it as the most popular sport in the country; and I am strongly against a playoff system in Division I-A college football (yes, I also still call it D-I). But I must say that I’ve changed my mind on the cold-weather Super Bowl issue. In fact, why not rotate the game among each NFL city, giving each of its 32 teams a chance to host? Okay, that’s a stupid idea because who really wants to go to Cleveland or Detroit, right? And this is coming from a Lions fan and a big fan of Canton, Ohio. But seriously, I would love to see the game being played in cities other than Tampa, Miami and San Diego every year.
Happy Memorial Day (and long weekend) to all of the great readers of the Daily Jolt at the National Football Post. Play plenty of beach volleyball, eat plenty of delicious BBQ and drink plenty of Rolling Rock.
And good luck to the Chicago Blackhawks as they begin their quest to hoist the Stanley Cup on Saturday night against Joe Fortenbaugh’s Filthadelphia Flyers. I got the Hawks in five — or the Flyers in six. Not sure which, yet. Danny Briere scares me as a Hawks fan.
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