TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Former NFL All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray has been added to Kevin Sumlin's coaching staff at the University of Arizona. Murray will coach running backs for the Wildcats.
"DeMarco brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our running back room," Sumlin said. "That, with his attention to detail, passion for the game and passion for impacting others will make him a great addition. Our entire staff is excited for him to join our organization."
Murray, who was recruited by and played for Sumlin at the University of Oklahoma, joins the collegiate coaching ranks following a seven-year professional career. He rushed for 7,174 yards and added 2,165 receiving yards while playing in 99 total games for three teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tennessee Titans
"I'm humbled to have the opportunity to start my coaching career with Coach Sumlin and the University of Arizona," Murray said. "My family and I are thrilled to become a part of the Tucson community, and I can't wait to get started. Bear Down!"
Drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Murray totaled 1,560 rushing yards in his first two seasons. In 2013, he emerged as an All-Pro with 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns, before a career-year in 2014 when he rushed for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns. Murray added 416 receiving yards for a total of 2,261 scrimmage yards, which was, at the time, the 12th-most in NFL history. He was named First Team All-Pro Bowl and recognized as the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2014.
After his four seasons with the Cowboys, Murray went to Philadelphia. He gained 702 yards and scored six touchdowns for the Eagles in 2015, before closing out his career with two seasons in Tennessee. In 2016, Murray ran for 1,287 yards and totaled 12 touchdowns rushing and receiving, earning his third Pro Bowl selection. In his final season of 2017, Murray rushed for 659 yards and six scores on the ground.
Prior to his NFL career, Murray was the nation's top-ranked running back prospect out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev., and he instantly made his mark in the college ranks with a five-touchdown performance in his debut for Oklahoma against North Texas in 2007 – an NCAA record for a freshman playing a first collegiate game.
Over his four-year career with the Sooners, Murray ran 759 times for 3,685 yards and 50 touchdowns, while catching 157 passes for 1,571 yards and 13 scores. He also returned 53 kickoffs for 1,462 yards and two touchdowns, combining for 6,718 all-purpose yards and 65 touchdowns – numbers that still rank in the top-25 of the NCAA FBS record books.
Oklahoma won 43 games and three Big 12 Championships over Murray's four seasons, which included Sumlin on staff as a co-offensive coordinator in 2007 when the Sooners won 11 games and were Fiesta Bowl champions. The following season, Murray topped 1,000 rushing yards for the first of two times in his career to help the Sooners to the BCS Championship game. As a senior, he ran for a career-high 1,214 yards and helped Oklahoma win another Fiesta Bowl. Murray twice earned First Team All-Big-12 honors (2008, 2010) and was a Second Team All-Big-12 selection in 2009.
In addition to his success on the field, Murray was a four-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree during his career and graduated from Oklahoma with a degree in communications and a double minor in business and African American studies.
Murray announced his retirement from the NFL in the summer of 2018. He was a college football television analyst for FOX Sports during the 2018 season, which included a broadcast of Arizona's 24-17 victory over California on Oct. 6.
Arizona Athletics is currently accepting deposits for 2019 season tickets, which are $75 per seat and provide fans access to seating inventory when new sales officially go on sale. Season ticket renewals and new sales are expected to go on sale later this month. For more information or to make a deposit on season tickets, visit www.arizonawildcats.com or contact the McKale Ticket Office at 520-621-CATS.