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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Cameron Murray, DT, Oklahoma State

Cameron Murray Oklahoma State NFL Draft
Cameron Murray is a beast on the defensive line at Oklahoma State University. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I graduated in 3 and a half years in December 2019 with a degree in University Studies. I’m currently working on my Masters in Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Recreation Management. I have also participated in FCA.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My Strength. They would say that I’m explosive and quick for my size.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
My role on the team has been to work my way up. I have grown into a leader that can make change for the team. I think that the 4-3 scheme best suits my skill set because it would allow me to show my athleticism playing nose guard and tackle. Yet, I could also play as a 3 tech if required to.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Oklahoma’s center, Creed Humphrey. He’s a seasoned vet and a really good player. He’s got my respect. He’s expected to be a high draft pick this year.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Trace Ford has really impressed me as an up and coming player as an edge rusher. He’s got speed and good get off. I expect great things for him in the coming years.

I also see Teven Jenkins in practice, and he’s one of the best offensive linemen in the country. I don’t go against him too often these days, but we used to have some great battles. He’s a big strong athlete with good feet.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
The loss of my Grandma was pretty hard to deal with. She was with me at signing day, but she never had a chance to see me play in college. I gave her CPR when I was 18. I had learned that in my anatomy class the week before. I went on to get my CPR Certification shortly after that. I know my Grandma would be proud of me and all that I’ve done.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Basketball. I had played it up through my junior year of high school. Basketball was really my first love. I played power forward and center positions for our team and can dunk a basketball. I’ll still play some pickup games today.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m most proud that I fulfilled the promise to my mom that she wouldn’t have to pay for college. Getting my scholarship and my degree is very important to me.

As a football player, I’m very proud that I have played some of the top competition in college football. We were able to beat Texas at home in 2018 who was ranked in the top 10 at the time. Also, having a nationally ranked defense is something that I’m proud of.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
In 2019 we were playing West Virginia, and they were first and goal on the one in the second quarter. We were up 7-0 and they were trying to tie it up. I remember stopping the QB sneak on back-to-back plays and killing their momentum and making them kick a field goal. We won that game 20-13 against a tough opponent.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
Aaron Donald is my favorite player and the best guy in the league at his position. I would say that I model my game after guys like Geno Atkins, Poona Ford and Damon Harrison.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
My favorite artist is Kevin Gates. Before a game, I gotta listen to “Set It Off” by Lil Boosie.

What is your favorite comfort food?
My mom makes neck bones and potatoes that’s really good. As for a restaurant, my go to is Chipotle.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite TV show is Snowfall. Bernie Mac is one of my favorite actors. Some of my favorite movies are Friday and House Party 3.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I’m a big fisherman. I like to get away for a while. When I’m home, I’ll play video games like Call of Duty.

Who or what motivates you the most?
My Family. My Mom and Dad really motivate me. They work really hard, and my mom is a very strong woman. They’ve sacrificed a lot for me and I’m looking to make them proud.

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