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5 Things to Know About New Vikings RB Latavius Murray

Posted Mar 15, 2017

The Vikings added a running back to their roster Thursday when they announced the signing of Latavius Murray.

A sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray spent the past four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He injured his foot in training camp in 2013 and missed the entire season.

Murray rebounded to finish sixth in the NFL in rushing with 1,066 yards and make his first Pro Bowl in 2015.

Here are five things to know about Murray:

1. 2016 recap

Murray appeared in 14 games and made 12 starts for Oakland, setting a career high with 12 rushing touchdowns. He had 195 carries for 788 yards and averaged 4.0 yards per carry. He also caught 33 passes for 264 yards.

2. A career glance 

Murray has 543 career carries for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was Oakland’s No. 1 running back in 2015 but split carries among a group of backs in 2014 and 2016. He also has 91 career catches for 639 yards.

3. Good near the goal line

Murray has plenty of speed and once scored on a 90-yard touchdown run. But he’s made a habit out of getting tough-nosed yards near the goal line. Of his 21 career rushing touchdowns (including the playoffs), 14 have come from 5 yards or less.

4. UCF pride

Murray played collegiately at the University of Central Florida, where he had 453 carries for 2,424 yards and 37 touchdowns. He also had 50 career catches for 524 yards and six scores. He ranks second overall in school history in career touchdowns with 44, and was an All-Conference USA honoree as a senior.

5. Upstate, New Yorker

Murray attended Onondaga Central High School in New York and was the state’s 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year. An All-State selection as a senior, Murray had 175 carries for 2,194 yards and 28 touchdowns.