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Q&A with RB Murray

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 3:37 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders selected Central Florida running back Latavius Murray in the sixth round. At 6-foot-3 and 223 pounds, with sure hands and a running style he compares to that of Vikings standout Adrian Peterson, he bears watching during training camp. Here’s what he had to say in a conference call with Bay Area media Saturday:

Q: Heard from Raiders up until time they gave you the call, work out for ‘em?
Murray : No, I took a visit after my pro day, but that’s pretty much it. No workout. Just a few phone calls to teach in touch.

Q: Who compare running style to?
Murray : I think with my height, you talk about a big back, Adrian Peterson, a guy like McFadden out there, a tall back, running upright, but still have some speed. I think those two might stick out.

Q: Great stats, TDs, yards per carry, rushing . . .surprised lasted as long?
Murray : I mean, I wasn’t too much surprised. Either way, I was just going to be happy to hear my name. After talking to my agent, he just told me to be prepared for whatever might happen, and I was. I’m definitely just thrilled about the opportunity I’m going to have.

Q: Out in the open, run over someone or run around ‘em, mix it up?
Murray : I try to mix it up. I guess it depends on the situation. I just try to mix it up. My goal is to put the ball in the end zone every run, every play. I try to do that and if it’s necessary to do either/or, I’ll do it.

Q: Coaches talk to you about modifying you upright running style?
Murray : Not so much. After taking visits or even just talking to coaches, some guys that are in the NFL currently run upright, but I think the main time what they were saying, as long as I know when I lower my pads or drop my shoulder, is the biggest thing, because open field, you can run upright, just not in traffic. It’s just running with that pad level is important in situations.

Q: How far along are you as a blocker and did you do a lot of it at Central Florida ?
Murray : Oh yeah, most definitely. You really can’t play in any level I feel unless you protect and that’s the way I was coached, definitely at this next level you have to protect the quarterback, so I know how important it is. I’m not saying I’m not a good blocker right now, but I’m going to improve in that area as well as other areas, so I can be a complete back.

Q: Basic routes out of the backfield or split wide, downfield stuff . .
Murray : Well, mainly, during the course of our games, just basic routes, out of the backfield and things like that, but there have been times when I’ve been split out. There have been times I’ve been wing set, running routes, H-back, stuff like that. My football IQ is very high. I know the game. I get an offense and learn fast and I think that’s just going to help me at the next level.

Q: What’s this fascination about the `Tave’ arm?
Murray : the what? What’s that?

Q: The `Tave arm’’ . . . what your teammates call your stiff arm?
Murray : I’m not really sure. I think I just have good timing and know when to put it out there and catch a defender off guard or make them look bad.

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  • RaidingTexas

    Raiders are ON the clock!

  • RaidingTexas

    Final selection of the 2013 draft for the Raiders is …

  • Marks hair

    ggod pick.. Murrays the man

  • Al_is_theraiders

    commercial…hmmm

  • Al_is_theraiders

    bass

  • dr_robert

    David bass

  • lefty12

    Another DT.OK

  • dr_robert

    40.5 career sacks

  • Marks hair

    bass hmm. skinny at dt.. has to move

  • Pirate Arrrggghhhh

    This guy has goal line back written all over him.

  • rediaR

    Just like every year, a few small schoolers break onto the scene and perform very well on an equal playing field. Bass is one of these prospects, as he was the most consistent pass rusher at the East-West Shrine game. The senior broke two records during his final year at Missouri Western State breaking the school’s career sack (39.5) and consecutive starts (50). When asked the one word to describe himself, Bass answered “beast”.

    Bass immediately started as a freshman in all 12 games, finishing with 47 tackles, 9.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. In 2010, Bass put up similar numbers in the same 12 starts, with 47 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and eight sacks. His production only went up, with 14.5 sacks in 12 starts as a junior on 20 tackles for loss. Bass’ 14 starts in 2012 were a career high and tallied 11.5 sacks.

  • nwr8r

    56 tackles for loss and 5 picks career

  • RaidingTexas

    David Bass, DE

    PLAYER ANALYSIS
    D-II prospect who proved up to the competition at Shrine Game, Combine. Raw but talented.

    Good first step quickness. Plays with springs in his legs with good vertical and lateral movements. Positive locker room presence. Room to refine his pass rush moves and hand technique. Needs to show more consistent leverage.

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    DE David Bass.

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Best for last

  • rediaR

    he’s a de

  • Marks hair

    Raiders pick back to commercial quick!
    but we just got back…

    Fúck you! do it!

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    I like the pick of Bass. I am going to be honest here, this draft seems like the ghost of Al Davis still pulling the lever.

  • CDERaider

    Strengths: Good first step quickness and natural burst off the snap. Plays with springs in his legs with good vertical and lateral movements. Active hands to defeat blocks with good awareness to find the ballcarrier. Plays assignment-sound football and has developed his instincts. Motivated individual with an excellent competitive drive. Positive locker room presence with strong character on and off the field. Excellent career production with 39.5 sacks and 56 tackles for loss as a four-year starter.

    Bass dominated the Division-II ranks, bringing a productive resume to the NFL with 56 tackles for loss and 39.5 sacks over his 50-game career. And playing next to FBS-prospects at the Shrine Game, he didn’t look out of place.

  • nwr8r

    ….with sure hands and a running style he compares to that of Vikings standout Adrian Peterson….

    slow down there big guy

  • rediaR

    “Effective speed to power rusher that can get under offensive tackle. Decent hand fighter. Can knock down blocker’s hands and makes it tough to lock on. Can shoot hands inside and yank blockers down when they get top heavy. Can ride blockers upfield then redirect inside. Got hands on passes on film and week of the East West Shrine game despite below average (30.5) vertical. Reads quarterbacks, extends and times jumps well. Rips with inside arm and bends back inside but lacks the initial burst to consistently turn the corner at the NFL level. Closing speed is just average.”

  • rediaR

    “Best fit is at left defensive end in a base four-man front but could line up at 34 outside linebacker. Keeps head on a swivel and does an adequate job of reading quarterback when drops into underneath zone. Big hands and flashes the ability to field the ball in coverage. Experience lining up in two-point stance.”

  • Al_is_theraiders

    this no where near an al draft…reggie owns it and the spectacular failure that comes from it! quit running from that fact….

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Evan Silva ‏@evansilva 1m

    New #Raiders DE David Bass is 6’4/262. Missouri Western’s all-time leader in sacks (40.5) & tack for loss (56). 4.84 40. 1.67 10-yd split.
    Retweeted by Vic Tafur

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    David Bass Missouri Western DE

    1st team all selection in 2012

    16 TFL

    11.5 Sacks in 2012

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Defense will be better!!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 1m

    DE David Bass set Missouri Western for career sacks (39.5) and starts (50). When asked to describe himself in one word, Bass said “beast.”

  • aig-raiders

    Al Davis was all about HWS and he will mold them into footballers. Case in point, Stan Routt and DHB. RM goes for HWS but his guys produces in college too. Most of them anyways.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Obviously the Raiders have a plan here. Have him train with fellow D-2 talent Veldy for 6 weeks.

  • RaidingTexas

    Hope they can address the safety problem in UDFA. Or maybe a cap casualty off another team.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 12m

    Raiders rookie RB Latavius Murray, 6-3 and 223 pounds, compares his running style to that of Vikings standout RB Adrian Peterson.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    When I say Al draft I mean a LOT of head scratchers. And I mean a lot. A lot of projects. That is not what a team in need of players and a team that needs it’s coaches focused on game plans needs.

  • CDERaider

    Let the UFA chaos start! We still need Safety help…
    OG, another RB prospect and a speedy slot WR/KR would help too..

  • PilagingJustForFun

    Wow he sounds great

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    I have to admire Reggie. Solid B draft guys. No head cases. These picks are gonna work for this team. WTFG Reggie!

  • Pirate Arrrggghhhh

    If Al Davis made this draft, people would pan it as a typical Al Davis draft. No doubt whatsoever.

    Good draft.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 3:45 pm
    David Bass Missouri Western DE

    1st team all selection in 2012

    16 TFL

    11.5 Sacks in 2012
    ***********************************
    Don’t forget the interceptions. LOL maybe we can put him into zone and cover Calvin Johnson.

  • Dakota

    So just got home and scanned through about 9 hours of dvr recordings of today’s draft.

    Both networks went to commercial nearly every fking time the raiders went on the clock.

    I didn’t see one segment regarding the raiders.

    Fk u nfln and ESPn!

    What a joke.

  • RaidingTexas

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 3:45 pm
    this no where near an al draft…reggie owns it and the spectacular failure that comes from it! quit running from that fact….

    ———————————–

    STFU man. We gave Al the benefit of a doubt on those reaches, like DHB. We were later proven correct, but at least we waited until they got on the field to call it a failure. Let this play out.

  • Pirate Arrrggghhhh

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 3:46 pm
    Al Davis was all about HWS and he will mold them into footballers. Case in point, Stan Routt and DHB. RM goes for HWS but his guys produces in college too. Most of them anyways.

    ——————

    I think this is what I’m starting to believe as well. Great point.

  • http://www.redfrognetworks.com 0ak r8rs

    Nwr8r Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    ….with sure hands and a running style he compares to that of Vikings standout Adrian Peterson….

    slow down there big guy

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LMFAO.

  • http://www.redfrognetworks.com 0ak r8rs

    Dakota Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 3:48 pm
    So just got home and scanned through about 9 hours of dvr recordings of today’s draft.

    Both networks went to commercial nearly every fking time the raiders went on the clock.

    I didn’t see one segment regarding the raiders.

    Fk u nfln and ESPn!

    What a joke.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Yep. First two days were ok. Today was awful. Cut to commercial. Dropped overlays. Anything to F us over.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    most of these reporters make these players compare them to somebody so they get a feel of what they are about

    scouts do it all the time. No problem with him saying he plays like Peterson

  • gangosix

    wow,i think reggie and the raiders done a great job in the draft,i know time will tell but its enough to start looking forward to the season.the defense will be better especially the linebackers.i just got one question, “where da line for the kool aid?” ha go raiders