Tag:Oklahoma Injury Report
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 13, 2010 10:43 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 10:45 pm

Oklahoma DT Taylor out for the season

Posted by Chip Patterson

Achilles.  It's the featured body part of the day here at the College Football Blog.  An achilles injury already claimed Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa in the Wildcats' upset of Iowa, and now the bug has bitten Oklahoma.  Sooners defensive tackle Adrian Taylor suffered a tear in his right achilles tendon in the second quarter, and will miss the remainder of the season.  

It's terrible news for Taylor, who had just reclaimed his starting position after missing time from an ankle injury in last season's bowl game.  It was tough to see the senior go down in his final home game, especially after just returning from such a gruesome injury.  The coaching staff spoke extremely highly of Taylor after the game, and it is unfortunate to see the talented defensive lineman's career in Norman end like this.
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