Murray Plans Return to OU

NORMAN, Okla. – At this point it seems like OU star running back has his mind set on returning to Oklahoma for the 2010 season.

DeMarco Murray has been one of OU's most exciting players in the history of OU football.

And his 4,495 career all-purpose yards convincingly backs that statement up.

So it was a pretty big deal when the, usually reserved, Murray made it pretty clear that he will forego the NFL draft and return for his senior season at OU.

"It's something that my family and I will look in to, but I am pretty sure I will be back here next year."

Despite racking up huge numbers Murray has been battling some ill timed injuries in his career in the crimson and cream.

He suffered a dislocated kneecap in game 11 of the '07 season and missed a significant amount of time before returning to the field in '08.

He got out of the gates slowly in ‘08, but was returning to full form before suffering a hamstring injury in the Big 12 Championship Game that forced him to the BCS Championship Game.

He has bounced back in '09 to gain over 1,000 yards (1,061) for the third consecutive year, while reportedly playing through some nagging injuries (ankle, hamstring).

But he refuted the notion that the injuries were a big part of his decision making process.

"I don't think that's a factor for me," Murray informed.

"I like it here. I don't want to end my career at OU with an 8-4 record. [I am] just trying to get better and I just enjoy being here. I am part of a great team here. I love the coaching staff and things like that. I love the camaraderie with my teammates. It is a great atmosphere."

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