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DeMarco Murray: A star is born

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On the first carry of Sunday’s game in Dallas, DeMarco Murray raced 91 yards for a touchdown. And he wasn’t even close to done.

Dallas would ride Murray all day on the way to easily beating the St. Louis Rams, 34-7. Murray, who became the featured running back for the Cowboys today because Felix Jones is injured, carried 25 times for 253 yards — the best day for a rookie runner in Cowboys franchise history.

The Cowboys selected Murray out of Oklahoma in the third round of this year’s NFL draft, and in his first game as their starter he was nothing short of sensational. The Cowboys have to be thrilled at what Murray brings to their offense: It’s probably premature to say it after one career start, but Murray looks like the real deal.

The Rams look like a mess, in all phases of the game. Their defense obviously didn’t play well against Murray and Co., and the offense was helpless with A.J. Feeley playing for an injured Sam Bradford. The 0-6 Rams have to be considered one of the favorites to land the first overall pick in next year’s draft.

And that would not be a bad thing. If the Rams get the first overall pick, they could trade it to a team that covets Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and get a bounty of draft picks to help them surround Bradford with fresh talent. They need it, because this team is seriously lacking.

As for the Cowboys, they learned today that they have a great talent in Murray. He looks like a star in the making.

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48 Responses to “DeMarco Murray: A star is born”
  1. trbowman says: Oct 23, 2011 7:21 PM

    Phillip Tanner is a beast, great steal for the Boys.

  2. 4evrnyt says: Oct 23, 2011 7:22 PM

    Not to downplay a sensation day by a rookie but we are talking about the Rams defense here.

  3. nickmiller63 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:23 PM

    If the Rams get the pick, they should trade Bradford.

  4. scudbot says: Oct 23, 2011 7:23 PM

    That’s nice for him. Green Bay is 7-0.

  5. 1stngoal says: Oct 23, 2011 7:25 PM

    253 – 91 = 162 hmmm, still very impressive ;-)

  6. pagan67 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:26 PM

    I hesitate to call him a stud after an excellent game against the down and out Rams, but Wow! What a stud!

    All around good showing for the Cowboys who needed a win badly to pick up the morale.

    Poor Rams, at least the Cards give them something to root for.

  7. howley1 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:28 PM

    That’s a long way from:

    “Murray hasn’t practiced at all and he won’t until next week. He’s on the non-football injury list. The third-round pick could never stay healthy in college, and we’re not sure why the Cowboys were so confident that would change in the pros.” – Rosenthal back in August.

    Keep in mind that Murray rushed for 6700 yards and 65 TDs in college and played in 50 of a possible 56 games in college. Haters gonna hate, I guess.

  8. cakemixa says: Oct 23, 2011 7:29 PM

    Overreaction of the day. Lmao. A Star is born!

  9. howley1 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:29 PM

    Not to downplay a sensation day by a rookie but we are talking about the Rams defense here.

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    There have been worse defenses. There have been only 8 better rushing days.

  10. phamt02 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:30 PM

    Ummm didn’t Tashard Choice start the game? I could of swore first play was a Tashard Choice run….. So he broke the record without even starting the game, not that it made a difference.

  11. philgrek says: Oct 23, 2011 7:33 PM

    Way to go DeMarco! He was so worn out by the end of that game.

    Tashard Choice, feel free to go find yourself a new job. Your services (or lack thereof) are no longer needed.

    Must have been hard for Felix to stand on the sidelines and lose his job too. But at least he’ll keep his roster spot.

  12. jessethegreat says: Oct 23, 2011 7:34 PM

    He had a nice game, but imaine what Peterson would do on a little bit better team. He put up 175 today for his 1-6 Vikings.

  13. danielcp0303 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:41 PM

    And next week the Cowboys play the Eagles, who have a worse run defense than the Rams.

  14. boysroll says: Oct 23, 2011 7:51 PM

    we have some studs and are going to go on a big roll…….what? what? what? bring it as we are in second………best offense and defense in the nfl…we have a great shot this year….HAIL…LMAO.

  15. danielcp0303 says: Oct 23, 2011 8:06 PM

    “in his first game as their starter”

    I’m pretty sure Choice started the game. So Murray still hasn’t had his first start.

  16. bossplayer213 says: Oct 23, 2011 8:29 PM

    Clap for em.

  17. sportsinhd says: Oct 23, 2011 8:42 PM

    Why is that anyone in a Dallas uniform who suddenly has a big day is a “star?” Issac Redman had over 100 yards for the Steelers the other week, and no one is saying he’s the savior/future of the franchise/soon to be anointed best player in the NFL. This is why Cowboy fans are always so depressed, the media makes mountains out of mole hills.

    Maybe this kid is going to be great, but one game does not make one so.

  18. micker716 says: Oct 23, 2011 8:45 PM

    Plenty of “Stars” are going to be anointed this year thanks to the Rams. Who is the 3rd string RB on the Saints?

  19. tdrundmc says: Oct 23, 2011 9:15 PM

    before putting murray in the HOF, remember it was the rams defense and just look at the holes this guy ran through today.

  20. localbandhero says: Oct 23, 2011 9:20 PM

    So much hate. Sheesh. I understand that Dallas is simultaniously the most loved and hated team in the league (25% of all NFL merchendise sold is Dallas Cowboys….the other 75% hate them), but come on! Murray had a record breaking day, and probably just put Felix Jones out of a job. Anytime someone rushes for over 250 yards in a game, that’s an accomplishment…regardless of who it’s against.

    Is he the next Smith, Sanders, Payton, Peterson? We don’t know yet. Does he have potential? Absolutely. Did he have a great game today? Yes, and he’ll probably get NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

    Everyone just needs to drop the hateraid.

  21. howley1 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:20 PM

    “Why is that anyone in a Dallas uniform who suddenly has a big day is a “star?” Issac Redman had over 100 yards for the Steelers the other week, and no one is saying he’s the savior/future of the franchise/soon to be anointed best player in the NFL.”

    Nobody said it about Murray either but to be fair, 100 yards is about 153 yards short of Murray’s day today.

  22. kappy32 says: Oct 23, 2011 9:32 PM

    I’m far from a Cowboy fan, but when you posted about them during their bye week, one thing I said was that Murray needed to get more involved because he was a budding star & the best RB on that team. Felix Jones has been given his chance & he overwhelmingly underperformed. In a draft that has seen numerous star RBs come into the NFL, Jones is the worst of the bunch. Jerry Jones drafted him out of his Arkansas love, not talent. Murray broke just about every RB record at Oklahoma & that is no easy feat given who has come through that school at RB. I just hope that Dallas doesn’t see what everyone else is beginning to see & continues to play Jones as the feature back upon his return. However, with another game producing even half of today’s stats will result in Jones being Wally Pipp’d by Murray. With Dallas playing that joke of a rush defense in Philly next week, another huge week could be in store for Murray.

  23. bobhk says: Oct 23, 2011 10:15 PM

    Puhleez, it’s one game and that too against the winless Rams. He played great but let’s not get carried away and call him next star in the making.

  24. east96st says: Oct 23, 2011 10:17 PM

    localbandhero says: “So much hate. Sheesh. I understand that Dallas is simultaniously the most loved and hated team in the league (25% of all NFL merchendise sold is Dallas Cowboys….the other 75% hate them)”

    A team has to be successful to be hated. One playoff win in 14-15 years is NOT successful. What everyone hates are Cowboys fanboys. They talk crap everytime the team wins and hide everytime the team loses. As for merchandise sales (two “e”s, not three!), that’s easy to explain. After generations of inbreeding, most Texans view a Cowboy jersey and a cowboy hat as appropriate business and formal wear. When Texans “put on their Sunday finest”, it’s a football jersey. The rest of the country (at least the areas that read books, not burn them), outgrew that when they graduated from Junior High. BTW – my son is 11 and even at his age they don’t say “hateraid”. They would be mocked by their classmates. There’s a clue there, but I’m pretty sure you’ll miss it.

  25. localbandhero says: Oct 23, 2011 10:24 PM

    And one other thing: the “Star in the Making” is an obvious reference to him being, ya know, a Dallas Cowboy…aka the team that has STARS on their helmets….duh.

  26. theandy59 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:26 PM

    Great game by Murray….he was the best back on the field for the Cowboys last week against New England, too. He runs with power, balance, and explosion, and he finishes runs off well. Tough guy to get on the ground. I could definitely see this guy being a feature back for Dallas.

  27. edhochuli says: Oct 23, 2011 10:31 PM

    @east96st, you’re an idiotic troll. Talk about ignorance at its finest…

    In other news, Iggles O-line coach/D Coordinator Juan of all trades Castillo has just poo’d himself and has just placed his order for Coaching Defense for Dummies.

  28. profootballwalk says: Oct 23, 2011 10:34 PM

    “howley1 says: Oct 23, 2011 7:28 PM

    That’s a long way from:

    “Murray hasn’t practiced at all and he won’t until next week. He’s on the non-football injury list. The third-round pick could never stay healthy in college, and we’re not sure why the Cowboys were so confident that would change in the pros.”

    Rosenthal back in August.
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    Either dude went back through months worth of posts to find that, or he saved it at the time for later. Creepy either way.

  29. howley1 says: Oct 23, 2011 10:55 PM

    Either dude went back through months worth of posts to find that, or he saved it at the time for later. Creepy either way.

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    Look in the upper right area of the page, right above “featured video”. It’s called a “search box”. I didn’t save it, but it was such a dumb thing to say I did remember it. I’ll remember the guy that didn’t know about the search box for much the same reason.

  30. howley1 says: Oct 23, 2011 11:00 PM

    I just noticed that Murray’s 253 rushing yards is 19 more yards than the NY Giants’ team record!

  31. traevin says: Oct 23, 2011 11:12 PM

    For the people who couldn’t figure out the wordplay, he wasn’t literally attempting to anoint the rookie a star because of one great game. It was a take on the fact that he has a “star” on the side of his helmet.

    Get it?

  32. dawkattack says: Oct 23, 2011 11:55 PM

    Another 1 hit wonder god bless Jerome Harrison but what did he do after 200+ yds nada

  33. localbandhero says: Oct 23, 2011 11:56 PM

    east96st

    You’ve clearly never been to Texas…or probably anywhere other than whatever crappy city you live in. (Oddly enough, I live in the North East, and yet I see plenty of Cowboys gear here).

    How SILLY of me to misspell “merchandise” on a forum about football. When you stoop to correcting grammar on forums (especially something as mundane as using an “e” instead of an “a”) you’ve clearly already lost the battle.

    Now go worry about your child, who is clearly more mature than you are.

  34. howley1 says: Oct 24, 2011 12:11 AM

    Another 1 hit wonder god bless Jerome Harrison but what did he do after 200+ yds nada

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    Actually he had a 148 yard day the following week.

  35. cluelessdufus says: Oct 24, 2011 1:48 AM

    clearly great player his speed is great his size [6-1] is good he is strong enough to break tackles but his 209 pounds makes him easy to take down if you hit first he is dangerous i compare him to Jammal Charles

  36. bobhk says: Oct 24, 2011 4:15 AM

    howley1 says:
    Oct 23, 2011 10:55 PM
    Either dude went back through months worth of posts to find that, or he saved it at the time for later. Creepy either way.

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    Look in the upper right area of the page, right above “featured video”. It’s called a “search box”. I didn’t save it, but it was such a dumb thing to say I did remember it. I’ll remember the guy that didn’t know about the search box for much the same reason.
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    Still man, who the heck has time to remember what an analyst said about a 3rd round pick. It’s not like he trashed Emmitt Smith when he was drafted.
    You must have a lot of time/mental space on hand (and nothing else going on).

    Murray did have a great day, but there have been plenty of one-hit wonders. We should wait before starting talking about his stardom.

    On a separate note, I agree with east96st on one thing: people generally dislike Cowboys not for their great success (since that has been lacking for quite a while), but more for the arrogance of Cowboy fans. I’m sure their are some good fans from their glory days in the 70s and early 90s, but some of them are just plain obnoxious.

  37. rollolarson says: Oct 24, 2011 6:27 AM

    It’s true it’s only one game, but Lesean McCoy didn’t put up those kind of numbers against the Rams, neither did Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined, nor did Ray Rice, so…

  38. ramcountry says: Oct 24, 2011 7:24 AM

    Nice day for Murray but the Rams have the league’s worst rushing defense and it’s not close.

    “There have been worse defenses?”

    Not in the last 60 years. The 1950 New York Yanks were the last team to allow 5.6 yards per carry, which is where St. Louis is at today.

  39. 1bigtex says: Oct 24, 2011 8:53 AM

    @ cluelessdufus

    “but his 209 pounds makes him easy to take down”

    Did he look easy to take down? As to that 209, Murray’s listed weight is now 227.

    For those saying it’s just one game versus the Rams; Anybody else gone off for 250+ against the Rams this year? When you bump the likes of Emmitt Smith and Jim Brown down a peg in the record books, you’ve probably accomplished something.

  40. 1bigtex says: Oct 24, 2011 9:07 AM

    @ east96st
    “a cowboy hat as appropriate business and formal wear”
    Uh, dude, hate to break it to you, but a cowboy hat IS appropriate business and formal wear. I’ve got a really nice 10X silver belly made by the same guy who made hats for LBJ and SRV. I’ve worn it to business meetings, funerals, and black tie events. It goes quite well with my black tail-cut caiman Tony ‘s. Nothing wrong with a quality felt hat, black cowboy boots, and a tuxedo.

  41. howley1 says: Oct 24, 2011 9:33 AM

    “Still man, who the heck has time to remember what an analyst said about a 3rd round pick.”

    It doesn’t take time so much as mental capacity to remember things.

    “Murray did have a great day, but there have been plenty of one-hit wonders.”

    There have been only 8 instances in the entire history of the NFL that a guy ran for more than 253 yards in a game. Only four guys have made it into the top 20 on 25 carries or less. I didn’t remember that, I had to look it up. Does this make Murray a star? No, but it doesn’t hurt his chances of becoming one.

  42. howley1 says: Oct 24, 2011 9:51 AM

    “There have been worse defenses?”

    Not in the last 60 years. The 1950 New York Yanks were the last team to allow 5.6 yards per carry, which is where St. Louis is at today.

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    No, they’re allowing 5.48 yards per carry. Round it up to 5.5 if you want. But that’s where they are NOW. Before the Cowboys game they were giving up 4.84 yards per carry.

  43. howley1 says: Oct 24, 2011 9:54 AM

    Uh, dude, hate to break it to you, but a cowboy hat IS appropriate business and formal wear.

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    east96st is used to wearing a raspberry beret. And if it’s warm he doesn’t wear much more.

  44. jolink653 says: Oct 24, 2011 10:37 AM

    i liked demarco murray coming out of college and i think he can do some big things but can we please wait to see a little more before we go around calling him the next big running back star…if he keeps it up then more power to him and good for cowboys fans

  45. darocnessmonsta says: Oct 24, 2011 12:21 PM

    Miles Austin Had 250 against the worse pass defense in KC in 09 and look what we have now so the title fits just right!!! I knew personally he would be hands down better than Felix when they drafted him but I still like have the the two on the Cowboys!!

  46. deangelo23hall says: Oct 24, 2011 4:02 PM

    I am a Redskins fan, and i will say that was impressive. Looking forward to see if he can have similar results in DC.

    HTTR

  47. ramcountry says: Oct 24, 2011 5:41 PM

    I stand corrected. The last few carries dropped them.

    At 5.48 YPC they’re only the worst defense since 1959.

    That’s a real brick wall he was up against.

  48. parkertehownerer says: Oct 25, 2011 1:37 AM

    sportsinhd says:
    Oct 23, 2011 8:42 PM
    Why is that anyone in a Dallas uniform who suddenly has a big day is a “star?” Issac Redman had over 100 yards for the Steelers the other week, and no one is saying he’s the savior/future of the franchise/soon to be anointed best player in the NFL. This is why Cowboy fans are always so depressed, the media makes mountains out of mole hills.

    Maybe this kid is going to be great, but one game does not make one so.
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    There’s a difference between Murray rushing for 253 yards in one game and Redman rushing for 207 total this season. By the way, Redman ran for 22 last week, not 100+.

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