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July 31, 2012

Garrett says he's impressed by DeMarco Murray's maturity, technical understanding of football

DeMarco Murray has plenty of impressive athletic skills.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was asked Tuesday what non-athletic skills impress him about the second-year running back.

“I think he’s a very impressive kid from a maturity standpoint,” Garrett said. “He’s a guy who played very young at Oklahoma, and I think his numbers and his production will indicate that to you. And he just has a mature demeanor about him as a person, first and foremost. And that’s an important thing when you’re playing in the NFL. I think that’s what allowed him to transition as easily as he did last year.”

Murray rushed for 897 yards last year before suffering a broken ankle in the 13th game. He missed the rest of the year before coming back in time for the offseason program.

Murray didn’t miss any time in the OTAs or minicamps, adding to his knowledge base.

“I think the other thing is he’s a mature player from a technical standpoint,” Garrett said. “You can tell he’s a good runner. He has good vision. But a lot of guys are good runners. First and foremost, that’s his job. But then you ask him to run a route out of the backfield maybe that he hasn’t run before, and he understands what you’re asking him to do as a coach very quickly, and then he does it. From a pass protection standpoint, it’s the same thing. He hasn’t had a tremendous amount of experience doing a lot of these different things, but he has kind of an instinct, an intuition, that the really good players have. So he has a maturity level that way, as well.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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