USFNation Class of '08 Q&A: Demetris Murray

In just over a week, the next USF class will arrive on campus, and RB Demtris Murray of Buford HS, GA, will be among them. In today's exclusive Class of '08 interview find all about Demetris, what type of a player he is, what he brings to the field, and much more. Only on! Get it First, Get it Fast!

Demetris Murray Profile What have you been up to while getting ready for USF?
Demetris Murray: I just been running a lot and working out. Finished up with school, had graduation stuff, but besides that I've just been doing a lot of running.

USFN: What were the main reasons you chose USF?
Murray: USF is a growing program that has come a long way. I like the family atmosphere, and it's like the players and the coaches are all on the same page. It's just like my high school, and everybody is working for the same goal. That's what made me fall in love with the program.

USFN: Which positions do you play and what are the Bulls recruiting you for?
Murray: They are recruiting me at running back. Besides running back I played safety and special teams. At safety I had two interceptions and I don't know how many tackles. It's been so long I don't even remember my offensive stats. 


USFN: What coaches were involved with your recruiting?
Murray: It was mostly Coach Gregory and Coach Leavitt.


USFN: Do you know any current Bulls?
Murray: I got to know Dontavia Bogan and Quenton Washington. I met them when I went on my visit and we hung out. I didn't know Dontavia was from Georgia before then, and we hit it off. Both are really good guys.


USFN: What type of offense do you like to run?

Murray: At Buford we ran the I-formation all the time. Every now and then we'd run the shotgun in high school. It was a lot of reading, and I like to read and run, but we ran more of a power game then anything at Buford.  


USFN: Is there a type of defense you like to see when you get to the line?
Murray: There isn't really a defense, but when we do film and stuff like that. I ask a lot of questions. Like where their lineman are supposed to block, where the lineman are supposed to hit. I also ask a lot of questions about our blocking schemes, and I know there is always going to be that one guy, that I'm going to have to make miss. If I'm blocking, then I check who I have to block, or if a linebacker blitzes, if I have to pick him up. Stuff like that.


USFN: While on offense is there a favorite play that you like to run?

Murray: 22-Blast was my favorite play. It was straight out you, right up the middle, smash-mouth style. That's how I like to do it, the hard stuff.  


USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player? 
Murray: I have good vision, and can see the field. I'm also good at breaking tackles. My best assets are that I'll do what ever I have to do. If I got to block, I'm going to make the block. If I got to make a play, I'll make the play.


USFN: Is there anything about you that catches opponent's off-guard?

Murray: I'm faster then I look.


USFN: What would you like to work on as a player?
Murray: I want to work on my break away speed more then anything.


USFN: What is your favorite thing to do on the field?
Murray: I just like to play and have fun, the rest is gravy. 


USFN: Are there any special moves you like to use?

Murray: No not really. I mostly just use my forearm or a stiff arm, and run with power. 


USFN: What is your most memorable moment on the football field?
Murray: I'd say winning the state championship, and scoring a touchdown in the state championship.


USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
Murray: No, I just play my game.

USFN: What is your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
Murray: Right now I'm 5'11 and 208 pounds, and I run a 4.5-40.


USFN: What weight did you play out during the season?
Murray: About 210-215 pounds. After the season ended, I put on a little weight. It was a long season with a lot of carries, so I took a little break and put on a few pounds, but I dropped back down.


USFN: How strong are you in the weight room?
Murray: I was benching 400, and squatting 450 pounds. I power clean like 325, my power clean is horrible. I have a 33 vertical


USFN: Do you play any other sports?
Murray: Nope, football is enough.


USFN: How does it feel being the only running back taking in this class?
Murray: It's an honor, and I have big shoes to fill. Especially since they only took one. I have to perform, and do what I'm supposed to do so they don't feel like they wasted their time.


USFN: Do you play special teams?
Murray: I love it. I love to play special teams. I played punt coverage, kick-off coverage and kick return. 


USFN: Are there any issues if they ask you to redshirt?
Murray: I wouldn't mind. If I feel that I'm at the level that I can compete with everybody else, then I might be a bit hurt about it. But if they feel and I feel like it's the best thing for me and the team then I'm fine with that.


USFN: What do you plan to accomplish while at USF?
Murray: I want to have fun. I want to be part of the family and group of friends and brothers that I'll play with. And most of all I want to come out with my degree in business. On the field I want to play hard and work my butt off every practice, and every game. When I leave I want people to remember me as a hard nose baller.  


USFN: What teams are you looking forward to playing against in the next 4 years?
Murray: I'd say West Virginia because a guy I played with at Buford goes there and it should be intense. I'm also looking forward to playing Florida also. I got another friend that goes there.


USFN: When I say USF, what three things come to your head?
Murray: A building program, getting my education, and Family. 


USFN: Are you excited to get to campus?
Murray: Oh yeah. Since signing day it has gone by real slow, and I can't wait to get it started.



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