DeMarco Murray: Last time I played in Miami I was out of shape

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.

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IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys’ final preseason game in 2011 was a memorable one for DeMarco Murray. The rookie running back carried 10 times for 32 yards and caught four passes for 64 yards.

On his first play from scrimmage, Murray took a Stephen McGee screen pass 48 yards before he was caught from behind.

With the Cowboys heading back to Miami on Saturday for the first time since that preseason finale, Murray shared some of his memories from that game on Wednesday.

"I definitely felt a little pressure to come out there to show them what I can do as far as missing camp that year," Murray said. "I was definitely out of shape, a little heavier than I wanted to be back then. It was an OK game."

Murray missed time in training camp in 2011 because of an injured hamstring. The third-round pick carried seven times against Minnesota in the preseason game before Miami, but the Dolphins game was his first start.

So was his head spinning?

"It was definitely spinning," Murray said. "I was out of shape. I was a little heavier, so it was definitely a harder game for me, and the offense I didn’t know it as well as I should have. I hate looking at that game."

Murray had his breakout performance in Week 7 that year, rushing for a club record 253 yards against St. Louis. Murray then started the remaining seven games, which included four consecutive victories in Weeks 9-12.

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