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Report: Arizona to hire former college, NFL star DeMarco Murray as running backs coach

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The Arizona Wildcats have reportedly found their new running backs coach, tapping a recently retired NFL standout with ties to coach Kevin Sumlin for the job.

Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star is reporting that DeMarco Murray, a former NFL all-pro rusher, will be named as Arizona’s RBs coach. He will replace Clarence McKinney, who left to become head coach at Texas Southern last month.

Murray, 30, spent the past year as a college football analyst for Fox Sports after ending a seven-year pro career. From 2011-17 he rushed for 7,174 yards and 49 touchdowns for the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans.

The Cowboys drafted Murray in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft after a standout college career at Oklahoma, where from 2007-10 he ran for 3,685 yards and 50 TDs and added 1,571 receiving yards with 13 scores.

Murray was recruited to Oklahoma by Sumlin, who was on the Sooners’ staff before starting his head coaching career at Houston in 2008.

Arizona led the Pac-12 in rushing this past season, gaining 202.4 yards per game, and is set to return all of its ball carriers including all-conference back J.J. Taylor.