01/15/2013 - Several NFL scouts and coaches will have their eyes on UCF senior running back Latavius Murray as he will be competing in the annual Texas vs. The Nation all-star game Saturday, Feb. 2, on FOX Sports Southwest. This year's contest will get underway at 2:30 p.m. and be held at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas.
A native of Nedrow, N.Y., Murray rumbled over opponents all season long en route to helping the 2012 Knights finish with a 10-4 record. He led Conference USA by averaging 100.5 yards per game, and had 15 rushing touchdowns which were good for second on the UCF single-season list. Murray amassed 1,106 rushing yards even though he missed three games, marking the seventh-most yards by a Knight in school history.
Murray was selected to the All-C-USA First Team and Phil Steele's All-C-USA First Team as a senior. He posted five 100-yard rushing games, and was the first player since the program's inception in 1979 to have a rushing touchdown in nine-straight games. Coming out of the backfield, Murray notched 27 receptions, 231 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2012, while he had 50 catches and 524 yards overall as a receiver.
He capped off his career ranking second all-time at UCF in overall touchdowns (44), eighth in rushing attempts (453), sixth in yards (2,424) and third in rushing touchdowns (37). He did not lose a fumble in his final 407 carries of his career, and only lost one fumble as a Knight which came as a freshman in 2008. - UCF football
12/24/2012 - Quarterback Blake Bortles accounted for 350 yards and four touchdowns and Latavius Murray scored three touchdowns to help Central Florida to a 38-17 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl victory over Ball State on Friday at Tropicana Field. The victory gave UCF (10-4, 7-1 in Conference USA) its third 10-win season in the last six. The Knights also improved to 2-3 in bowl games. Ball State (9-4, 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference) has lost all six of its bowl games. Bortles' three passing touchdowns equaled a career best, and the redshirt sophomore ran for a career-high and team-leading 79 yards. He became the second player to throw for three TDs in the five-year history of the bowl. South Florida's Matt Grothe threw three in the inaugural game played in 2008. The Knights came into the game averaging 35.2 points, which was 27th in the country. They lived up to their end of the bargain on the scoreboard in scoring 30-plus points for the 10th time this season. - The Sports Xchange
12/13/2012 - 2012 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB-Latavius Murray, Sr., UCF, has been selected First Team All-Conference USA (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. The seventh-different Knight to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a season (currently at 1,035)...Rushed for more than 100 yards in five games this year, tied for sixth-most in a single season...Leads C-USA by averaging 103.5 rushing yards per game and is second in total touchdowns with 16...First player in UCF history to have a rushing touchdown in eight-straight games...His 192 rushing yards at Memphis Oct. 20 rank as the 12th most in a single game by a Knight...Also has 21 receptions for 198 yards and two touchdowns...Accomplished these feats even though he missed three games. - UCF football
10/22/2012 - Latavius Murray rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns and Blake Bortles threw for two more scores as Central Florida pulled away from mistake-prone Memphis 35-17 Saturday night. The Knights (5-2, 3-0 Conference USA) forced three Memphis turnovers, including a fumble on the UCF 1-yard line in the first quarter. Murray, starting for the first time since the season opener, had 23 carries and scored twice early. He followed a 1-yard run with an 83-yard romp that was the second-longest run from scrimmage in school history. After the Tigers (1-6, 1-2) got within 14-10 on Robert Steeples' 27-yard fumble return, an interception by the Knights' A.J. Bouye set up a 61-yard UCF scoring drive. Bouye had another big play when he recovered a fumble and ran 79 yards for a 28-10 UCF lead. The Tigers rushed for a season-high 240 yards behind a career-best 88 yards by Jan Steib. - AP Sports
10/22/2012 - WEEK 8 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: In his first start suffering an injury in the season opener at Akron, UCF senior RB Latavius Murray rushed for 192 rushing yards on 23 carries and added a pair of touchdowns in UCF's 35-17 win at Memphis. It was the 12th-most rushing yards in a single-game in UCF history, and the second-most in Conference USA this season. Murray entered with a career-long rush of 46, but against the Tigers he had bursts of 50 and 83 yards. The 83-yard rush resulted in a touchdown, and was the second-longest run from scrimmage by a Knight since the program's inception in 1979. Murray now has 1,700 career rushing yards to rank ninth all-time at UCF, and he moved his career rushing touchdown total to 27 to tie for third at UCF. Along with his rushing efforts, he caught four passes for 17 yards out of the backfield. - Conference USA football
10/14/2012 - Latavius Murray had two scoring runs in overtime and Kemal Ishmael had a game-deciding interception to help Central Florida defeat Southern Miss 38-31 in double overtime Saturday night. UCF quarterback Blake Bortles ran for two touchdowns and threw for 272 yards, while Storm Johnson rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown in regulation for the Knights (4-2, 2-0 Conference USA). UCF won in overtime for the first time in school history. Southern Miss (0-6, 0-2) kicker Corey Acosta booted a 27-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Freshman quarterback Anthony Alford had a 2-yard touchdown run in the first overtime, but threw an interception on the Golden Eagles first play in the second overtime to seal the game. The Golden Eagles got touchdown runs of 15 and 14 yards from freshman Jalen Richard and a 16-yard scoring run from Alford in regulation. - AP Sports
09/30/2012 - RB Latavius Murray was held out for a third straight game with a bruised shoulder.
09/09/2012 - RB Latavius Murray missed the Ohio State game with a shoulder injury. He still made the trip to Columbus with the team, however, because UCF coach George O'Leary wanted "another set of eyes" on the sidelines to help the Knights' other backs.
09/05/2012 - Starting RB Latavius Murray is expected to miss the Ohio State game because of a bruised shoulder he sustained in last week's victory over Akron, according to UCF coach George O'Leary. Murray did not practice on Tuesday because of the injury. Storm Johnson, the ballyhooed transfer from Miami, will start in Murray's place. Senior Brynn Harvey moves into the No. 2 role. - The Sports Xchange
09/03/2012 - Central Florida faces the daunting task of playing at Ohio State on Saturday, and the challenge may have gotten tougher with an injury one of the team's top running backs. Latavius Murray suffered a bruised shoulder in UCF's 56-14 opening win over Akron. Knights coach George O'Leary listed Murray as week to week but didn't indicate Murray's availability against the Buckeyes, who blew out Miami University 56-10 in their opener. Murray rushed for 108 yards on 14 carries Thursday against Akron. A trio of backs that includes senior Brynn Harvey likely would pick up the slack for Murray. Harvey was the team's leading rusher last seson with 574 yards. Harvey, Storm Johnson and Cedric Thompson combined for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in the Knights' first game. - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2012 - RB Latavius Murray posted his second straight 100-yard rushing performance, a streak that began with UCF's 2011 finale. Murray now has four 100-yard games in his career.
08/29/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Blake Bortles arguably outplayed Jeff Godfrey over the course of the season, but now he is the unquestioned starter. Tyler Gabbert, the younger brother of current NFL QB Blaine Gabbert, would be next in line. Storm Johnson, Latavius Murray and Brynn Harvey give UCF three very capable options at RB. Josh Reese and JJ Worton were the Knights' most productive receivers last season. - The Sports Xchange
07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Latavius Murray (Sr.), UCF, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. A native of Nedrow, N.Y., Murray already has a spot on the College Football Performance Awards All-Purpose Trophy Watch List this year. He ranks tied for fifth all-time at UCF with 22 rushing touchdowns, while he has 1,318 rushing yards on 255 attempts for a 5.2 average. In 2012, he carried the ball 21 times in each of the final two games. In the finale vs. UTEP, he amassed 233 rushing yards which marked the fourth-best rushing performance in school history. He also had two touchdowns on the ground as well as one in the air, helping him earn CFPA National Running Back of the Week accolades. Earlier in the season, he was a CFPA National Kick Returner of the Week thanks to a 69-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Southern Miss. Murray finished 2012 by posting at least one reception in the final seven contests, and ranked fifth on the team with 242 receiving yards. He would later be named the 2012 team MVP. - UCF football