Former Oklahoma and NFL star DeMarco Murray is returning to the Sooners as running backs coach, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley announced Monday.
Murray, 31, holds school records for career touchdowns (65) and all-purpose yardage (6,718). He ranks seventh in Sooners' history with 3,685 rushing yards.
"This is very surreal," Murray said in a news release. "Obviously I never thought I'd be back coaching at the place where it all started for me. Having the opportunity to come back and be among great coaches and be with some of the people I grew up with is exciting. I'm thankful for the opportunity Coach Riley is giving me and I'm looking forward to being back home."
After his Oklahoma playing career ended, Murray was a third-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2011 NFL Draft and rushed for 7,174 yards and 49 touchdowns and caught 307 passes for 2,165 yards and six scores during seven seasons. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2014.
Murray rushed for an NFL-best 1,845 yards during his stellar 2014 campaign and added 13 touchdowns. He also had 416 receiving yards for a personal-best 2,261 yards from scrimmage.
Murray also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans. He was released by the Titans in March of 2018 with the team ready to make Derrick Henry the main ball carrier and announced his retirement four months later.
Murray spent the 2019 season as running backs coach at Arizona and now will get to regularly spend time on the campus of the school that won three Big 12 titles during his time on the team.
"This is a really exciting day, being able to welcome one of our program's all-time best players back to Norman," Riley said in a statement. "DeMarco had a tremendous playing career both at OU and in the NFL and has a passion for coaching and helping young men grow as players and people. He's got an incredibly bright coaching future and will be an outstanding mentor to our players. I don't think there's anyone better to lead our running backs."
--Field Level Media