Murray wants improvement, to ignore Spring hype


Oklahoma State defensive tackle Cameron Murray lines up on the line of scrimmage during the Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State football game on Friday, August 30, 2019, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.

Cameron Murray completed his last first Spring practice with Oklahoma State, but before his career ends, he has one more stab at a college football season. 

“The goals for this Spring are just being a better leader, and just being a mentor to some guys who are younger than (I am),” Murray said. “Personally, just working on my craft more than I did last year to get to the point I want to get to. Hopefully going out with a bang my senior year.” 

As for the team Murray has some goals for them too. 

“Don’t live up to the hype,” Murray said. “Come to work every day, keep your head out of the way and stay out of trouble. Like coach (Mike) Gundy always says it’s going to take us to higher places, always doing the right thing and sticking together as one unit.” 

Murray was a key contributor to the success of the Cowboys defense in 2019 where he started all 13 games for the Cowboys and was credited with 30 tackles and 3.5 sacks. His 30 tackles were good for the most of any defensive lineman in 2019. Murray also received the 2019 OSU Barry Sanders Award for the most contribution with the least recognition. 

When Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace announced they were coming back to OSU fans began to think about their own expectations for the team in the 2020 season. The expectations and hype around the team began to grow and continues to grow. 

The Cowboys’ seniors now have the task of helping the young players keep their heads up and stay away from the hype.

“You just have to take it one day at a time,” Murray said. “A lot of people get caught up in that moment and then don’t live up to the expectations. You just got to stay out of the way and grind and just work. Show people who we really are. Just working is the main thing.”