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Maurice Murray

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 334 | College: New Mexico State
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One of the more intriguing prospects in the draft, Murray's combination of size and athleticism is something to see. The question is, why did he not produce at for the Aggies like he did in his only year at Long Beach City College (12 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries) in 2004? Maybe it was the 3-4 system used by the Aggies or the talent around him, but teams will be checking that out. Few players have more of the oft-used "upside" or "potential" than Murray, which makes him worth a late-round pick.


Positives: Huge body with good quickness off the snap. … Got upfield pressure past offensive tackles while playing on the end at 325 pounds. … Gets under the pads of offensive linemen and pushes them into the backfield. … Uses his long arms to keep linemen off him and disengage. … Can be violent with his hands to get by one-on-one blocks. … Can maintain his ground and keep his feet against double teams. … Will chase plays down the line.

Negatives: Always seems to be a step late to the play. … Has not been an every-down player, possibly due to a lack of stamina and consistent effort. … Will have to transition inside in the pros unless a 3-4 team believes he can be explosive enough to play the five technique. … Does not handle double teams or anchor particularly well against stronger guards, despite his size.

2006 Season

Murray played in nine games and started eight at defensive end for the Aggies. He tallied 24 tackles, seven solo and 17 assisted and had two tackles for-a-loss. He had a season-high seven tackles against No. 15 Boise State (10/15). Verses UTEP (9/30) he tallied six tackles and against New Mexico (9/9) he accumulated three tackles and had two tackles for-a-loss.

2005 Season

Did not play during the 2005 season.

Junior College

Mid-year transfer from Long Beach City College. In 10 games in 2004, Murray had 38 total tackles, four for loss, 12 sacks, 15 hurries, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception, helping Long Beach CC to a 7-5 record including five wins in its last six games. He was a second team All-Mission Conference American Division selection. The Vikings won the Mission Conference American Bowl and advanced to the second round of the Southern California playoffs. He had a season high eight tackles against the No. 3 team in the nation, Grossmont Junior College.

High School

Murray played three years at Long Beach Poly High under head coach Jerry Jaso. In his three years, the Jackrabbits went 42-2, including three Harry J. Moore League Championships, along with three state championships. Murray was invited to play in the 2002 California vs. Florida Bowl.


Murray grew up in Long Beach, Calif., and is the son of Vivian Roundtree. He is majoring in Communications.


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