July 10, 2012
This is part of a series spotlighting the players attending C-USA Football Media Day, July 25 in Dallas. Interviews from the event will be streamed live on ConferenceUSA.com.
UCF is ready to bounce back and compete for another C-USA Championship this fall and senior RB Latavius Murray is a big reason for the excitement. The veteran was the team's MVP last year and was the C-USA Championship Game and AutoZone Liberty Bowl MVP in 2010 when the Knights won the league title.
28 LATAVIUS MURRAY, UCF
Senior RB 6-3 222 (Nedrow, N.Y./Onandaga Central)
2011: Named the team's MVP following the season....Appeared in all 12 games with starts in the final two contests....Rushed 98 times for 549 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground and also caught 17 passes for 242 yards through the air and one touchdown....Charleston Southern 9/3: Rushed six times for 36 yards and two touchdowns....Boston College 9/10: Finished with 10 carries for 72 yards and one touchdown with one reception for 18 yards...At BYU 9/23: Rushed 12 times for 31 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards....Marshall 10/8: Had three carries for 11 yards and one touchdown....At SMU 10/15: Caught five passes for 52 yards....At UAB 10/20: Rushed three times for one yard and one touchdown and caught one pass for a career-high 53 yards....Memphis 10/29: Rushed seven times for 28 yards and caught two passes for 28 yards....Tulsa 11/3: Had three rushes for 14 yards, and a 14-yard catch....At Southern Miss 11/12: Had 19 rushing yards on four attempts, 31 receiving yards from two receptions, and a 69-yard kickoff return for a touchdown....At East Carolina 11/19: Posted 87 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, while bringing in a 14-yard receptions....UTEP 11/25: A finalist for the nation's Running Back Performance of the Year presented by Intersport by racing for 233 yards on 21 attempts with two touchdowns, and also had two receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown -That effort marked UCF's fourth-best rushing performance in school history.
2010: Conference USA Championship MVP....AutoZone Liberty Bowl MVP....Appeared in all 14 games and made four starts....Ended the season with 637 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns off of 111 carries on the ground and also made five receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown....UAB 10/6: Carried the ball three times for 23 yards and scored his first touchdown on the season....At Marshall 10/13: Rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown on eight carries....Rice 10/23: Rushed for 17 yards and caught one pass for 16 yards....ECU 10/30: Carried the ball seven times for 47 yards and a score....At Houston 11/5: Rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown off of 11 tries....At Tulane 11/20: In his first start of the season, rushed for a career-high 146 yards and scored a touchdown....At Memphis 11/27: Gained 75 yards and two touchdowns off 16 attempts....SMU 12/4: With an MVP effort in the C-USA Championship Game, rushed 20 times for 94 yards and a score and also recorded two receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown....Georgia 12/31: Earned AutoZone Liberty Bowl MVP honors after rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown off 18 carries
2009: Earned a redshirt while recovering from knee surgery
2008: Played in eight games....Carried the ball 46 times for 132 yards and three touchdowns....Also had one catch for four yards....Three rushing touchdowns led the team
South Carolina State 8/30: Had 11 carries for 43 yards and both of UCF's touchdowns in the season-opening win....At Marshall 11/15: Ran the ball 15 times for 46 yards in the win....At Memphis 11/22: Also had 10 carries and a score to defeat the Tigers.
High School: Earned three letters under coach Jason Ryan at Onandaga Central High School....Named the 2007 Gatorade Football Player of the Year in the state of the New York by Rise Magazine....Also named Class D Player of the Year and First-Team All-State by the New York State Sportswriters Association after rushing 175 times for 2,194 yards and 28 touchdowns....On defense as a senior, recorded 78 tackles, forced three fumbles and returned two interceptions for touchdowns, giving him 35 total scores....Also garnered first-team all-state honors as a junior when he carried the ball 193 times for 2,030 yards and 30 touchdowns...As a sophomore, earned Third-Team All-State honors after rushing 212 times for 1,609 yards and 14 touchdowns....Was an all-league and All-Central New York performer all three seasons...Ranked as the fifth-best prospect overall in the state of New York by Rivals.com....Ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect in the state of New York by Scout.com....Also recruited by Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland and Syracuse
Personal: Son of Paul Murray and Tawanna Wright. Received his bachelor's degree in interpersonal/organizational communication after the 2012 spring semester