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Stampeding Through the Roster: #21 RB Demetris Murray

Demetris Murray bowls over ND in last season's opener
Demetris Murray bowls over ND in last season's opener

I'll go ahead and nickname the next Stampeder "Da Meat Thermometer." If he's getting a lot of touches late in the game, you know the game is done.

#21 RB Demetris Murray
5th Year Senior, 6'0", 215 lbs.

Stats In 2011: Murray split time at RB with Darrell Scott, and had a shade over 500 yards rushing, leading the team with eight rushing TDs. He also threw a beautiful TD pass to Deonte Welch versus Louisville.

Current Position On Depth Chart: Murray is listed as co-starter at RB with Marcus Shaw.

How He Came To USF: Demetris chose USF over Wake Forest and Maryland after being awarded Georgia's 2A Player of the Year and winning a state title as a senior at Buford High School. He rushed for more than 1000 yards in each of his junior and senior seasons.

Recruiting Rankings: Murray was rated three stars by both Rivals and Scout. Scout rated him as the #67 RB in the country, and Rivals rated him #49.

Projected Playing Time In 2012: After Scott made the questionable decision to go pro a year early, Murray is in line as starter for the 2012. He'll nominally share the RB duties with Shaw, but as Murray has 3 inches and 26 pounds on Shaw, we'll likely see Murray get more carries, especially in power running situations, and Shaw will be a shiftier change of pace.