With Tashard Choice back in Dallas nursing a knee injury, DeMarco Murray got the start at running back for the Cowboys in the preseason finale against the Dolphins in Miami. What he showed in the 17-3 loss was enough to turn some heads around town.
Murray ran for 32 yards on ten carries, and added 64 yards on four receptions--including a 64 yard dash off a screen pass on the team’s first play from scrimmage--for 96 yards from scrimage.
It’s this sort of versatility that drew Dallas’ interest in the Oklahoma product in the first place.
"He's a natural receiver,'' said head coach Jason Garrett, per the Dallas Morning News. "We saw that coming out of school.
"The first play of the game was just a screen, nothing real complicated, but I thought the timing of that thing looked pretty good to me. It was well blocked and he made a good run.''
Murray was fairly pleased with his performance in the second preseason game of his career, but still sees ample room for improvement.
"I thought I did well for the most part,'' Murray said. "There definitely were a few times when I could have finished the play. On special teams, I could have done a lot better.
"More repetition, more practice, I'll get better.''
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