Transfer fills in for injured tight end

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

BOCA RATON With starting tight end Dantson Dareus out with a sore knee until at least Wednesday, Florida Atlantic has been looking for other players to help at the position.

The Owls think they might have found a tight end who can contribute immediately in junior Demetrious Murray, a transfer from Garden City (Kan.) Community College.

Murray is improving as he learns the Owls' offensive system.

"The practices move kind of quick," said Murray, who reported to FAU a few days after training camp started. "I've learned a lot faster by getting in the practices instead of just watching. They are moving me along pretty fast."

At 6-feet-2, 210-pounds, Murray makes a good target for FAU quarterbacks in an offense that utilizes the tight end position extensively.

"He's a mature kid," Owls coach Howard Schnellenberger said. "He's lifted a lot of weights, is strong and fits right in with our offense."

Murray, who has clocked a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, played receiver at Miami-Carol City High before going to Garden City, where he practiced but didn't play, and was planning to play at Kansas State before deciding to transfer to FAU.

"I heard FAU was looking at me, so I just decided to come home, because I was hearing about this program on the rise," Murray said. "There's nothing like being home."

Steel will: With so many players injured, the Owls have been busy implementing ways for players who don't practice to stay busy.

Monday's workout introduced a different line of exercise equipment beer kegs.

Several players who were held out of practice spent their afternoon hoisting two empty kegs on the Oxley Practice Fields.

"They (will) get well faster that way or they might end up on a beer truck," Schnellenberger said.

Noteworthy: Several players missed practice or were late Monday because it was the first day of classes. Monday is the team's usual rest day and many players have scheduled extra classes that day.