PRO: DeMarco Murray arrived in Dallas with the club’s third round selection (71st overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Much like Dallas’ 2008 first round draft choice Felix Jones, Murray regularly displayed big-play ability with the threat to score from anywhere on the field. After seeing spot action through the first five games of the 2011 season, Murray landed in team record books and NFL history when he filled in for Jones (ankle) against St. Louis (10/23). His mark was set early in the game when he took his first carry of the game 91 yards for a touchdown to register the longest first career touchdown run since the NFL merger in 1970. By game’s end, Murray had a club-record 253 rushing yards which was good for 10th in a game in league history and second by a rookie. His 91-yard touchdown run was the second-longest rush in team history, second only to Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard run at Minnesota (1/3/83). Murray’s yardage total didn’t end there as he continued to rack up the yards over the course of the next four games. For his effort through the month of November - 89 carries for 434 yards (4.9 avg.) and a touchdown - Murray became the fourth Cowboys rookie to earn Rookie of the Month honors. Unfortunately for Murray, his rookie season came to an end on Dec. 11 when he suffered a fractured right ankle and a high right ankle sprain in the first quarter. Despite missing the remainder of the game and the next three games, Murray finished the season with team rushing highs in carries (164), yards (897), average (5.5) and touchdowns (two). He will return in 2012 fully healthy and looking to pick up where he left off as a rookie.
12/13/11: Placed on Reserve/Injured with a fractured ankle.
4/29/11: Drafted in the third round (71st overall) by Dallas.
• Played in 13 games with seven starts, missing the final three-plus games with a fractured and sprained right ankle, and led the team in all rushing categories with 164 carries for 897 yards, a 5.5-yard average and a pair of touchdowns.
• His 5.5-yard average was tops among NFL running backs with at least 150 carries.
• Established a club rushing record with his 253-yard performance against St. Louis (10/23) and scored his first career touchdown on a 91-yard run in the game to give him the longest first career touchdown run since the league merger in 1970.
• Earned Offensive Rookie of the Month (November) and was selected to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.
• Made his NFL debut in the season opener at the N.Y. Jets (9/11) and had one catch for 13 yards, two runs for no gain and a 14-yard kickoff return.
• In the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18), finished with six runs for 21 yards with a long of eight and a catch for four yards.
• Saw extended playing time with Jones (ankle) sidelined and established a club record rushing with 253 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown against St. Louis (10/23). Broke Emmitt Smith’s previous record of 237 (at Philadelphia, 10/31/93). His 253 yards was the 10th-most in a game in league history and second-most by a rookie.
• His first career touchdown came on a 91-yard run, the longest first career touchdown rush since the 1970 merger and the second-longest rush in club history behind Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard scoring run at Minnesota (1/3/83).
• Made his first career start in the game at Philadelphia (10/30) and averaged 9.3 yards-per-carry (eight runs for 74 yards).
• In the win over Seattle (11/6), rushed for 139 yards - his second 100-yard effort of the season - to become the first Cowboy with multiple 100-yard games since Julius Jones had three in 2004. Rushed for 466 yards over the last three games to tie for fifth all-time by an NFL rookie and the most by a Cowboy over three games.
• Led the team with 20 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown in the win over Buffalo (11/13). It was his second straight and third overall 100-yard game and it was the first back-to-back 100-yard rushing performance by a Cowboy since Julius Jones’ three straight in 2006. Murray’s 601 yards in the last four games is the most by a Dallas Cowboy and tied for fifth all-time among NFL rookies.
• Led the team with a season-high tying 25 carries for 73 yards with six catches for 32 yards in the overtime win at Washington (11/20).
• On Thanksgiving Day against Miami (11/24), led the team with 87 yards on 22 runs (4.0 avg.) and caught four passes for 41 yards with a season-long 18-yard catch.
• Rushed 12 times for 38 yards at Arizona (12/4).
• Had five carries for 25 yards and a catch for six before fracturing his right ankle and suffering a right high ankle sprain against the N.Y. Giants (12/11). Underwent surgery on Dec. 12 and was placed on Reserve/Injured Dec. 13.
• All-American honorable mention from Sports Illustrated, consensus All-Big 12 first-team choice, second-team Academic All-Big 12, starting all 14 games for the first time during his career and finishing with 282 carries (fifth all-time in school history) for 1,214 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior.
• Finished second on the team with 71 catches (fifth on the school season record list and tops among running backs) for 594 yards and five touchdowns.
• Returned 10 kickoffs for 249 yards and had a tackle on defense.
• His 2,057 all-purpose yards were fourth in school history, and along with his 2,171 in 2008, he became the only Sooner to top 2,000 all-purpose yards in multiple seasons.
• Led the team with 120 points, the ninth-best single-season total by a Sooner, while his 20 touchdowns were seventh in school record books.
• His 146.93 all-purpose yards-per-game were 18th in the nation and third in the conference as his 2,057 yards ranked fourth in Oklahoma annals.
• Rushed for 100-or-more yards in four contests, scored at least once in all but two games and had two rushing touchdowns in five games.
• Carried the ball 20-plus times in seven games and had five-or-more catches in eight.
• Opened the season against Utah State with career-bests in carries (35) and rushing yards (208).
• Caught a career-high 10 passes in back-to-back games at Texas A&M and against Texas Tech and tallied a career-high 120 receiving yards at Baylor.
• All-Big 12 second-team selection by coaches and honorable mention by AP as a junior, while finishing second on the team in both rushing (171 carries for 705 yards and eight touchdowns) and receiving (41 catches 522 yards and four touchdowns).
• Established an OU record with 2,171 all-purpose yards, including 1,002 on the ground, 395 through the air and 774 on kickoff returns as a sophomore.
• His all-purpose yards total made him the fourth Sooner to gain over 2,000 yards in a season.
• His 774 kickoff return yards were second in school history while his 31 catches were fourth by an Oklahoma receiver in a season.
• As a redshirt freshman, was a Rivals Freshman All-American, honorable mention All-Big 12 by the coaches and Associated Press, as a running back and all-purpose player, and Academic All-Big 12.
• Averaged 29.3 yards-per-kickoff return, the second highest average in school history.
• His 15 touchdowns tied the school freshman record set by Adrian Peterson, while setting an OU record with five touchdowns in his debut game against North Texas.
• Rushed 127 times for 764 yards (6.0 avg.) and 13 touchdowns before a dislocated knee cap at Texas Tech ended his season.
• Redshirted as a true freshman.
• Earned all-state honors and named the 2005 Sunset Region Offensive Player of the Year as a senior at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev.
• Was an all-conference selection each of his final three prep years and rushed for 1,947 yards with 27 touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 724 yards with seven touchdowns as a senior.
• Also had 64 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions while playing defensive back.
• Led Bishop Gorman’s basketball team to a 2005 state title.
• Earned his degree in communications and a double minor in business and African American studies from Oklahoma.
• 2011 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
• 2011 Running Backs Read for Scholastic and NFL at local elementary school during Hispanic Heritage Month.
• 2011 Susan G. Komen iPromise PSA.
• 2012 Let’s Move event with First Lady Michelle Obama.
• 2012 Reliant Home Run Derby benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys/Miller Fan Fest in San Antonio, Texas.
• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
• Annual Holiday Hospital Visits.
• Kick Off Luncheon and Dallas Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.
• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.