Murray's Versatility Is Very Appealing

American River OL Bailey Murray (6-3, 290) is one of the more versatile offensive line prospects in the JUCO ranks. He projects as a great fit inside at one of the guard spots, however, after a solid freshman season that saw him earn All-Conference honors at tackle, he's proven that he can play almost anywhere and get the job done...

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Bailey Mur ray
American River (Calif.)
  • OG
  • 6'3"
  • 300

"I started out at left guard, but then when injuries hit our team, I had to move over to right tackle and I got All-Conference as a tackle," Murray told recently. "This spring, my coaches had me in the rotation at both tackle and guard, so I am not sure exactly where I will play this fall.

"I have good balance between both run-blocking and pass-blocking, but I am probably a more natural run blocker. I just like to get after guys and be physical.

"My coach told me I'm aware on the field and I can typically read when there are going to be blitzes and then make the adjustments needed."

This offseason, Murray has been working on his overall game including his flexibility, quickness and overall athleticism.

"I've been focusing on managing my weight to be more athletic working on overall strength and quickness too," Murray noted. "I've also been studying film for part of the offseason to know what I did wrong technique-wise as a freshman so that I can correct that this fall."

On the recruiting front, Murray, who was a qualifier out of high school, almost had two offers to leave early, but he decided to stay for his sophomore season so those schools moved on.

"San Diego State and Eastern Michigan both wanted me to sign and come in this summer, but I wasn't willing to transfer yet," Murray noted. "The schools talking to me right now are Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas, Texas Tech and Nevada, but none of them have offered me yet."

As a prep, Murray had a D-2 offer once he graduated from Davis (Ca.) High School, but he felt he could play at a higher level, so he decided to head to American River.

"I only had one D-2 offer out of high school and I felt I was better than that," Murray recalled. "The coaches here (at American River) are great and I felt like it would be a great prep for me playing D-1 ball."

As noted earlier, Bailey was fully-qualified out of high school, so he does have the option of leaving at any time, however he plans to return to ARC for the 2015 season and he will have three years to play two starting in the fall of 2016.

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