Murray and Brown Provide 1-2 Punch

Some interesting talk has surfaced on the message boards regarding the play of DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown. Fans seem to think that it is a very close battle on who will have the better season overall, so Sooners Illustrated spoke with OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson to get some scoop on the health of Murray and what each guy will bring to the table.

When DeMarco Murray went down with a knee injury in the Texas Tech game last season the Sooners lost the most exciting component of their attack, but his absence also allowed Chris Brown the opportunity to show that he can be a solid back.

"They are both good," OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson informed. "They run through trash and they make good plays."

After Murray went down with his injury, Brown led the backs with four touchdowns and 212 yards on the ground through the last three games of the season, which included a solid two touchdown performance against Missouri in the Big 12 Championship Game.

He ended the year with 638 total yards rushing and nine scores on the ground, but Coach Wilson expects even more out of him this year, because he has had the chance to become even better with his experience.

"Maybe with just experience and confidence," Wilson began as he explained Brown's development.

"I don't know if he is necessarily the flashiest or the fastest, but he has got some nice savvy and feel. He does have some feet. He made a couple of guys miss. He is not necessarily a slam guy. He can make some people miss."

Murray, had one of the best Freshman running back seasons in the history of OU football in 2007 when he rushed for 764 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns, before his luck took a tragic turn when he went down with a dislocated kneecap while scrambling to recover a fumble in the Texas Tech game.

He was all set to make his comeback this fall, but he once again suffered a minor setback when he tweaked an ankle at the beginning of the fall workouts, but heading in to the first game of the season he appears to be in good shape.

"We scrimmaged the other day and the first time he ran a toss he makes three guys miss, cut against the grain, and gets about 30 (yards) and looks like him against the number one ‘D'," Kevin Wilson informed.

"He has looked good to me. I don't know if it is 100 percent, but he is fast. He looks good in space."

In addition to being great out of the backfield Murray was also a dangerous return man, who racked up 439 yards and two scores on special teams.

With the emergence of Brown and his ability to make things happen it seems like the staff wants to get him as many touches as possible, even if that means they use him split out wide in some sets.

"He is playing in space," Wilson said. "We are spreading him out."

All-in-all Murray and Brown should provide an exciting one-two punch in the backfield for the Sooners.

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