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Silas Gorrell asks, how much improvement is expected from linebacker Kenneth Murray this season?
Most coaches believe a player makes his biggest improvements between his first and second season in the program. They’ve been in the strength and conditioning program for a full year and experienced the physical benefits. They’ve had a season of coaching and have a better understanding of everything that surrounds preparing to play a football game.
Kenneth Murray, who was an early enrollee in the 2017 class, believes he changed a lot over the last year.
“I’m bigger, stronger, faster. I came in, me and [strength coach Bennie] Wylie got a lot of extra work daily. Not just the mandatory workouts, always want to do extra work type of guy,” Murray said. “Getting all the extra work in and staying with Coach Wylie was really my goal to get bigger, stronger, faster. On top of that, mentally in the film room every day at least a couple of hours every day so that when I get out there, I can see things a lot faster.”
Murray was a freshman All-American last season. An Oklahoma linebacker hadn’t received that kind of recognition since Travis Lewis in 2008. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said earlier this week that Murray was able to perform despite the Sooners holding him out of practice most of the 2017 season because the coaching staff didn’t want to risk Murray getting hurt.
The Sooners have depth behind Murray now. It is realistic to expect him to make a large jump both physically and mentally.
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