NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – If DeMarco Murray is upset about the addition of Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, he is not showing it.
The Titans traded for Murray two months ago and immediately named him their starting running back, and then stunned everyone by drafting Henry in the second round last Friday.
Head coach Mike Mularkey made it clear that night that Murray was still the Titans feature back and even phoned him out of respect when the pick was made to assure him the Titans’ plans had not changed.
On Tuesday, Murray said the phone call was appreciated but not necessary, saying, “Just kind of shows the character of him and this organization, first class. You know, a lot of respect. I was excited! Just like I told them, very excited to get Derrick here.”
Murray says he sees it as a relationship that can help both players perform at the highest level.
“I can’t wait for him to come in and work out with the guys and teach him and kind of take him under my wing and learn some things from him and teach him a lot of things,” he explained.
At 6 feet, 217 pounds, Murray is considered a big back, but at 6 feet 3 inches, 247 pounds, Henry is huge. Mularkey said he’s excited to see no drop-off when Murray has to come off the field.
Murray knows that Henry’s massive frame and punishing style can pay big dividends for him, especially in the fourth quarter.
“Definitely, he’s going to wearing a lot of people down. I’m excited to get here and get to work with him,” he added.
Henry rushed for over 2,000 yards on his way to winning the Heisman last season. He’s the fourth Heisman winner in Titans history. The first three were Earl Campbell, Eddie George and Marcus Mariota.