Murray returning to Oklahoma, Geathers expected to leave
If you haven’t already noticed, today is going to be a big day for college football news.
Sooners running back DeMarco Murray announced on Friday that he plans to return to Oklahoma for his senior season, according to Joe Schad of ESPN.com.
Despite battling a variety of injuries during his time in Norman, the versatile running back has amassed 35 touchdowns in three seasons with the Sooners. Murray rushed for 705 yards and eight scores in 12 games this season.
The two toughest defenses Murray faced this year were the Texas Longhorns and Nebraska Cornhuskers. Against Texas, Murray caught eight passes for 116 yards, but rushed for -3 yards on five carries.
Against future first-round defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska, Murray rushed for 47 yards on 14 carries (3.4 YPC), while catching five passes for 37 yards.
Here’s what NFP Director of College Scouting Wes Bunting has to say about Murray:
“Murray is an effective playmaker in the open field, but he runs too upright and lacks the overall power/bulk to be considered a starting caliber back in the NFL."
In other college football news, South Carolina defensive end Clifton Geathers is rumored to be leaving the Gamecocks to enter the NFL Draft this April, according to Joseph Person of thestate.com.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier believes Geathers is as good as gone since the defensive end has “turned off his cell phone and left town without attending any classes or workouts this week.”
For more on how Geathers projects to the next level, let’s turn to Wes Bunting:
"Geathers is a king-sized defensive end prospect who showcases great length and does a nice job controlling blocks at the point of attack. He displays impressive suddenness and lateral agility for a guy his size and knows how to slip blocks in both the run and pass game. However, he has a tendency to get too upright on contact, struggles to play with leverage and isn't as effective stacking and shedding vs. the run as his size would indicate. He possesses a lot of upside, but is going to need time to develop."
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