Tag:Big 12 Championship
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 11:37 am
 

DeMarco Murray's status improving for Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

On Monday morning, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was uncertain about the availability of leading rusher DeMarco Murray for the Big 12 Championship Game against Nebraska on Saturday.  Murray took a helmet to the knee in the fourth quarter of Oklahoma's division-clinching win against Oklahoma State and did not return.  The medical staff did not feel like the injury was serious, but there was still doubt as to whether he would be able to take the field against the Huskers in Dallas.  However Stoops' tone changed after seeing Murray in practice on Monday, and things appear to be looking up for the Sooners most dangerous offensive threat.

“DeMarco is much improved from (Sunday),” Stoops said following Monday's practice. “We'll see as the week goes. I don't want to say something until it's for sure...But it's looking positive right now.”

Murray's importance to the Oklahoma offense cannot be understated.  A dual-threat running back, Murray constantly forces matchup problems for opposing defenses with his ability to catch out of the backfield.  On average, Murray rushes the ball 20.0 times per game and adds 5.3 receptions, totaling up to 132.3 yards of total offense per game.  Since losing to Texas A&M on the road, the Oklahoma offense has been scorching defenses for 40+ points each outing.  They will need to keep up that kind of production in order to keep up with Nebraska, particularly if Taylor Martinez is healthy enough to play.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 11:37 am
 

DeMarco Murray's status improving for Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

On Monday morning, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was uncertain about the availability of leading rusher DeMarco Murray for the Big 12 Championship Game against Nebraska on Saturday.  Murray took a helmet to the knee in the fourth quarter of Oklahoma's division-clinching win against Oklahoma State and did not return.  The medical staff did not feel like the injury was serious, but there was still doubt as to whether he would be able to take the field against the Huskers in Dallas.  However Stoops' tone changed after seeing Murray in practice on Monday, and things appear to be looking up for the Sooners most dangerous offensive threat.

“DeMarco is much improved from (Sunday),” Stoops said following Monday's practice. “We'll see as the week goes. I don't want to say something until it's for sure...But it's looking positive right now.”

Murray's importance to the Oklahoma offense cannot be understated.  A dual-threat running back, Murray constantly forces matchup problems for opposing defenses with his ability to catch out of the backfield.  On average, Murray rushes the ball 20.0 times per game and adds 5.3 receptions, totaling up to 132.3 yards of total offense per game.  Since losing to Texas A&M on the road, the Oklahoma offense has been scorching defenses for 40+ points each outing.  They will need to keep up that kind of production in order to keep up with Nebraska, particularly if Taylor Martinez is healthy enough to play.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 10:38 am
 

Nebraska may use two QBs in Big 12 Championship

Posted by Chip Patterson

As Nebraska prepares for one last shot at a Big 12 title, head coach Bo Pelini is having to prepare for the Oklahoma Sooners with an uncertain quarterback situation.  Starting quarterback Taylor Martinez was forced to miss the regular season finale against Colorado with turf toe, and on Monday Pelini said that the freshman's status for the Big 12 Championship game is officially "day-to-day."  Nebraska would like nothing more than to say farewell to the Big 12 by getting redemption in Dallas after last year's heartbreaking last-second loss to Texas.  

Martinez was replaced on Saturday by sophomore quarterback Cody Green.  Green played well against the Buffs, completing 10 of 13 passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.  While Green displayed a little fancy footwork, rushing seven times for 23 yards and punching in a score on the ground in the fourth quarter to ice the game for the Huskers, he does not provide nearly the threat that the speedy Martinez does in the open field.  However, Pelini did say on Monday that "it might be a combination of the two" quarterbacks against the Sooners.
 
 
 
 
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