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DeMarco Murray's status for weekend unknown

Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:34 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma went out and took care of its business on Saturday night, defeating its in-state rival Oklahoma State in Bedlam, and because of it, the Sooners are now on their way to Dallas to take on Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship.  Unfortunately for the Sooners, while they may have won the game, it looks like they may have lost a couple of starters as well.  Most notably, running back DeMarco Murray.

Murray injured his left knee in the fourth quarter when he took a helmet to it on a run.  He did not return to the game, and it seems possible that he may not be able to return in time for Saturday's game either.  Though Bob Stoops isn't entirely sure of anything concerning Murray at the moment.

"I'll have something a little more to say and make sure (the media) knows probably closer to practice or after practice," Stoops said Monday during his weekly teleconference.

Obviously, being without Murray would be a bit of a blow to the Sooners offense.  He's eclipsed 1,000 yards this season for the second time in his career. Along with Murray's status, the condition of starting safety Jonathan Nelson is also up in the air at the moment.  Nelson, who was second in tackles on the Oklahoma defense heading into Bedlam, suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

He may miss the this week's game as well.

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:14 am

DeMarco Murray's status for weekend unknown

Both injuries hurt OU, but it remains to be seen if either will keep the players out of the Big 12 title game.  Bob Stoops and Bo Pelini are from the same school when it comes to discussing injuries.  Both will make it sound like their player will be playing so the other has to prepare for them.

DeMarco Murray would be a bigger threat in the passing game than the running game and thus may be able to contribute in that area more if he is able to play at all.  Nelson's injury will not be as big in this match-up, since Nebraska will not be passing much and Nelson's replacement played pretty well against Okie State.

The injury situation at QB for the Huskers provides a bigger question mark and I believe it will be a game day decision on the starter.  Martinez will be rested and closer to ready after not having to play against Colorado.  Zac Lee will only be able to provide spot play and that leaves Green, who has quietly gotten more confident each week and more effective each week that he has played.

Rex Burkhead out of the Wildcat along with Green in the zone read will provide some difficulties for OU, especially no that it has been shown that Burkhead is a passing threat from the Wildcat.  OU will jave to make preparations for a variety of things and thus not able to focus on a single area.

Nebraska will be able to focus on putting pressure on Jones and play good coverage in the secondary.  If Jones is true to form with his inconsistent play this season, Nebraska may be able to pick off two or three passes.  That, along with the kicking of Alex Henery and Adi Kunalic may be the difference in the game.

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:01 am

DeMarco Murray's status for weekend unknown

the husker nation r happy it's the sooners and not the cowboys. the sooners r easier with no defense and 1 dementional offence.

clearly you havent watch much of any of these teams play. okie st defense is worse than the sooner hence how martinez had a field day with them passing wise and rushing. second ou is a better solid team all the way around, yes okie st has the best offense but ou forced 3 turnovers from them and nebraska did a decent job esp since okie st last td against neb was when teh game was basically over. but with murray ou can run and pass its just they prefer to pass more than run the ball but dont get it confused with a 1 dimesional offense.

nebraska may have caught a break if nelson and murray dont play esp since we dont know what qb will be starting but both okie teams are good, i think tho neb would have beat okie st again bc our defense is playing top notch and their defense will let our injuried offense go crazy.

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:19 am

DeMarco Murray's status for weekend unknown

the husker nation r happy it's the sooners and not the cowboys. the sooners r easier with no defense and 1 dementional offence.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:08 am

DeMarco Murray's status for weekend unknown

Get a clue dude and watch the games. Nelson's replacement was Javon Harris and he had a heck of a game. Demarco Murray is a workhorse and would be terribly misses. In the future, try not to comment when you have no idea what you are referencing. Lastly, quit making excuses for the Huskers already as it is pathetic.

I know more than you when I am half asleep.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:01 pm

DeMarco Murray's status for weekend unknown

I would say the Nelson injury is more significant. Seems like successful running backs are replaced constantly at all levels by other successful running backs. Remember how much people would say Chester Taylor was one of the best in the league whenever he was replacing AP in Minnesota? Chester got a chance to go elsewhere and it wasn't the same. I'm not saying Peterson or Murray aren't great - because I think they both are - but even great backs seem to only be good when the whole running game is good. Oklahoma has a good running game. Whoever they put back there will be good. And was undoubtedly a 5 star recruit, just like Murray. Meanwhile, losing a starting safety can mean giving up big plays. It usually does mean giving up big plays. Lucky for OU, Nebraska has monstrous QB problems this week. IF Martinez plays, he clearly won't be the speedster who tore it up earlier this year. Senior Zac Lee is probably out because of an elbow problem or else he would probably have played instead of Cody Green - who is GUARANTEED to fumble the snap from center at least once (as he has in every single collegiate game he's played) and probably a couple of handoffs, too. OU wins this game because they win the turnover battle. Plus, from what I've seen (seems like we get the Nebraska game every week here in KC), the penalty differential will favor OU by about 100 yards as well.

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2010 8:48 pm

DeMarco Murray's status for weekend unknown

What's new?  Murray is always hurt for the Sooners in big games.

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