News and Notes. Gorman's Murray to play defense?

The first full week of college football got under way this weekend. Some familiar high school names are making some great strides at the college level. With the preps, some local stars are living up to the hype early. Demarco Murray of Gorman is the most recruited athlete this year in High School Football for Nevada. Name the team and he is being courted by them. Even the old ballcoach, Steve Spurrier of South Carolina, has been on the phone with him. Here are some notes and thoughts.

Former Valley Star, James Sims Jr is getting to play his real position at Washington this year. Against Air Force this weekend, Sims scored a touchdown playing tailback for the Huskies. Sims was featured in a front page Sports Section Story by the Seattle Times a week ago. They talked about him being the first African American Student Body President in Valley High School's history. He is on his way to graduating with 2 degrees and is widely thought of as the nicest player on the Washington team. Cory Williams of Las Vegas saw time for the Dawgs after breaking his wrist last year at Notre Dame. He is starting at WR for Washington.

Tim Day of Oregon is the pre season ALL PAC 10 tight end. Day had a solid game at Houston this past week. The Western star is one of the team leaders for the Ducks.

JJ Milan of Wooster is lost due to injury for the Wolfpack of Nevada. He was converting to LB after playing on the D Line straight out of high school. He should be able to redshirt. Brett Jaekel of Bonanza should start for the Pack as their kicker. Jeff Rowe of McQueen will start at QB. Charles Manu of McQueen will split time starting on the DL. Pack opens against Washington State this Friday night. So much for thinking about how that might hurt High School Football attendance.

Graham Sideius of McQueen still can not consistantly put the ball through the uprights losing the main place kicker job at Washington State. He will handle kickoffs

At UNLV, Ryan Worthen of Palo Verde did not even make the media guide, yet he starts for the Rebels at Fullback/U Back? David Peeple of Cheyenne saw his first time in the backfield for the Rebels against New Mexico. Leon Moore of Rancho showed why he is one of the top defensive lineman in the Mountain West for his play against UNM.

Demarco Murray of Gorman is excited about the following schools recruiting him: Oklahoma, Florida, USC, LSU and South Carolina. Schools after him including Michigan and Wisconsin want to put him into the defensive backfield. USC views him at running back. One would think with Reggie Bush and Adrian Peterson unlikely to return to USC and Oklahoma one might think that either school could use a solid running back. One might also think after seeing Oklahoma lose to TCU this weekend that Ryan Reynolds of Gorman could have added something for the Sooners. Dont they remember that this kid is tough enough to open up holes for Peterson in the backfield? I am still siding with Oklahoma as the leader for Murray.


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