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Murray Wants To Add Weight, Return Kicks in 2011

Cowboys third-round running back DeMarco Murray is looking to add some weight and contribute in the kick return game as a rookie, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The 6-foot Murray weighed 213 pounds at the 2011 Scouting Combine, and missed part of his freshman and sophomore seasons at Oklahoma with a dislocated kneecap and hamstring injury.

“I’m trying to put on 5-8 more pounds to get into that 220 pound range,” Murray said on Sunday. “Early on in my career I did have two injuries, but at the same time I bounced back and it was my first injuries that occurred in my life. I have no problems with them, and I’m getting stronger than ever.”

Cowboys kick returners ranked 23rd last season, averaging 21.2 yards per return with a long of 43 yards. In addition to putting up 3,670 yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground, and catching 157 passes for 1,571 yard and 13 touchdowns as a receiver, Murray averaged 27.6 yards on 53 kick returns, with two touchdowns as a freshman.

“I love kick return. That is one of the most important aspects of special teams and the game. If you break a 30-40 yard kick return, that’s a lot of momentum for your offense and your fans and it gets you on the right side of the ball.”

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