The Oakland Raiders are hoping for a healthy Latavius Murray this season. (December 1, 2012)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen is anxious to see a healthy Latavius Murray in camp this summer.
Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, Allen discussed the potential of the former UCF running back.
"I think Latavius is one of those guys that we’re anxious to see be healthy and get out there and play," Allen said. "He’s a big back that’s got excellent speed and excellent size. He runs tough. Unfortunately, he had the injury this past wasn’t able to go out and compete. We’ll find out a lot more about Latavius Murray as we go through the offseason program and into training camp."
Murray, a 6-3, 230-pound back, was an all-Conference-USA selection in his senior season with the Knights, rushing for 2,424 yards and 44 touchdowns in his career at UCF. Drafted in the sixth round in 2013, Murray was ultimately sidelined by an ankle injury and was placed on injured reserve before the start of his rookie season.
Murray did flash potential before the injury, however, and the Raiders hope he can sustain that over the course of a season.
"He was never fully healthy, and every time he got healthy, the ankle reared its ugly head again and he was back down," Allen said. "There were a couple of plays in there. I think it was the Dallas game maybe where he got a run over on the sideline and was able to lower his shoulder and really finish a run off really well. So there are plays in there I can think of that are exciting and encouraging to me. But, again, he’s got very limited experience and limited exposure."