Meet the newest member of the New Orleans Saints, running back Latavius Murray.
The New Orleans Saints announced Wednesday, March 13 that they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent running back Latavius Murray on a four-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Murray, 6 feet 3, 230 pounds, is a six-year NFL veteran who was originally a sixth round draft pick (181st overall) of the Oakland Raiders in 2013 out of Central Florida and has played for the Raiders (2013-16) and Minnesota Vikings (2017-18).
Over the course of his six-year National Football League career, Murray has appeared in 77 games with 48 starts, carrying 899 times for 3,698 yards (4.1 avg.) with 34 touchdowns and catching 128 passes for 883 yards. Murray’s 26 rushing touchdowns since the 2016 season rank fourth in the NFL.
Murray enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2015 for the Raiders, when he started all 16 games and carried 266 times for 1,066 yards with six touchdowns and caught 41 passes for 232 yards, as he was selected to the Pro Bowl. The following season, he helped lead the Raiders to the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 campaign as he carried 195 times for 788 yards with 12 touchdowns and catching 33 passes for 264 yards. Murray led Oakland in rushing for the second consecutive season and ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing touchdowns.
Murray signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017 and over the past two seasons, led the club in rushing with 1,420 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2017, he played in all 16 games with 11 starts and carried 216 times for 842 yards with eight touchdowns as the Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship. In 2018, he played in all 16 games with six starts and carried 140 times for 578 yards (4.1 avg.) with a club-best six touchdowns.
Murray, a native of Nedrow, N.Y., played in 45 career games at Central Florida, completing his college career with 453 rushes for 2,424 yards (5.4 avg.) and 37 touchdowns. He also registered 50 receptions for 524 yards and six touchdowns. Murray finished his college career ranked second in school history in total touchdowns (44), eighth in rushing attempts (453), sixth in rushing yards (2,424) and third in rushing touchdowns (37). As a senior in 2012, he racked up 1,106 yards on 198 attempts with 15 touchdowns, as he was named first-team All-Conference USA and became the first player in UCF history to rush for a touchdown in nine straight games.