DeMarco Murray surprised even himself in rookie season

DeMarco Murray is brimming with confidence and says he is ready to build on what was an impressive but truncated rookie season.

Murray has maintained for some time that his right ankle, that he fractured and had surgery to repair in December, is fully healthy. That injury ended an impressive streak as Murray rushed for 897 yards – 253 coming in a blockbuster performance against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 23.

The key for Murray, who had injury issues in college at Oklahoma, will be to stay on the field.

The ankle is doing great,” Murray said in an online chat on ESPN.com. “I’ll be able to do whatever the coaches want me to do.”

He says he even surprised himself with how well he did when Felix Jones went out and the opportunity presented itself for the third-round draft pick.

“I knew I would have some success, but I didn’t know it would go that well,” Murray said. “But I was blessed to have good coaches and once I got the opportunity, I ran with it … literally.”

Murray has been able to go through an offseason program with the team, something that wasn’t available a year ago during the lockout. He feels that has also prepared him for his second season.

“It was great to get a full year under my belt with all of the camps and OTA’s,” he said. “My body is feeling great and we're working good.”

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