Army safety Jordan Murray ready for 2007

Last season was somewhat disappointing for Army free safety Jordan Murray and that isn't even a put down.


It's just that former Army coach Bobby Ross expected more from Murray. So did the fans. And, of course, Murray expected more from himself.

However, Murray spent most of the year battling a right hamstring injury. He's healthy going into spring practices, which begin on March 20, and is expecting a big year in 2007.

Murray, a junior, lived up to the expectations when his hamstring was right. Case in point: Last year's Notre Dame game.  Murray had the best game of his career, registering eight tackles and an interception. A monumental interception. His first quarter pick of Brady Quinn served as the first the star had thrown in 226 attempts. Quinn even congratulated Murray on the field for his play after the game.

Murray established himself as a player during spring practice 2006 and was named the most improved defensive player of camp. He would have likely won the starting job even if Randy Chasten didn't go down with a knee injury. Murray is relentless and intense on the field.

Paired with strong safety Caleb Campbell, the pair figured to be one of the best safety combinations in the country. The marriage was shortlived. However, Murray suffered a right hamstring injury going into the Black Knights' home opener against Kent State on Sept. 9. Murray returned to the starting lineup seven weeks later at Tulane.

Campbell was lost for the season after shredding his knee against Tulane. So Ross moved Murray from free safety against Notre Dame to make up for the loss of injured starter Caleb Campbell and back-up Markenson Pierre.

Although Campbell is expected to sit out spring drills, he will be ready to rock this fall. Murray is already ready to go.

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