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Arizona Hires Former Running Back DeMarco Murray as Assistant Coach

DeMarco Murray a three-time NFL Pro Bowler will return to football as a University of Arizona assistant coach. On Friday, the Wildcats announced that Murray would be the running backs coach under head coach Kevin Sumlin.

In a prepared statement, Sumlin said the Murray brought a great deal of experience and knowledge to the running back area of the team, that his passion of football and impacting others and attention to detail makes him an excellent addition to the staff.

In March of last year, Murray was released by the Tennessee Titans and he retired last July from the NFL ending a career of seven years that included leading the AFC in rushing while with the Titans in 2016.

Murray also played with the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles and this past season was an analyst for college football with Fox Sports.

Murray, who will be 31 in February, rushed for 7,174 yards with 49 touchdowns during his seven-year career. His career average for yards per carry was 4.5. Murray caught 307 passes for 2,164 yards and six touchdowns.

Murray played college football at Oklahoma, where Sumlin, then an assistant with the Sooners, recruited him.

Murray said that he was humbled to be given the opportunity to begin his coaching career under Coach Sumlin and with the University of Arizona. Murray added that he and his family are thrilled to join the Tucson community and he cannot wait to start coaching the running backs.

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