BOZEMAN – Chris Murray has taken big strides since being thrown into the fire as a true freshman last year.
The Montana State quarterback is starting to find his rhythm under center this season. On Saturday against South Dakota State he had a career day, passing for 311 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing 17 times for 108 yards in the 31-27 loss to the Jackrabbits. But looking back on his days as a high school quarterback, his game has gradually evolved.
“In high school I never thought, ‘Ok, I’m going to be a drop-back passer,’ but once I started my senior year I said, ‘Ok, I really want to be a dual-threat quarterback, because that’s the only way you can make an impact,'” said Murray. “Running is cool and all that, but if you want to take the next step, you have to be able to pass and that’s the bottom line. Everyone know it’s a passer’s league now. … If you can have some athleticism at the quarterback position as well, then that’s a plus, too. But the bottom line is passing.”
And even though he had a stellar outing throwing the ball 42 times, he knows there’s still work to be done.
“Even though we threw that many, I only completed half and our QB goal is 65 percent, so that’s one thing I want to stress on, and obviously (not throwing) interceptions,” said Murray.