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Countdown Schmountdown: #31

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 31 days until the Ducks hit the blue turf (hard).

So, today we'll continue our countdown by briefly highlighting the Bronco player with the jersey number that corresponds with the number of days remaining till the opener. Sorry there isn't a more clear and concise way to explain that.

And we're off...

#31 Antwon Murray, CB

Where have I been the last few days and where are numbers 35, 33, and 32? Well, Drew's been awfully busy, and well, this isn't my day job...yet. Kevan doesn't pay as much as you might expect someone that wears a crown and velvet robe would pay...heck, the OBNUG intern is paid in Akey Bucks (slightly less valuable than Monopoly money). But I digress. Let's get back to the task at hand—the task of finishing off the remaining 31 days until kickoff (Fall camp starts Wednesday...Dustin Lapray is tightening his 'do-rag right now).

Antwon Murray and Kyle Wilson have a lot in common...well, besides them both being cornerbacks. Antwon and Kyle both saw a lot of the U.S. when the trekked from their homes to the blue. Wilson, as you probably know, is from Piscataway, New Jersey—Murray is from Lakeland, Florida. Both Bronco cornerbacks journeyed about 2,700 miles to get to the blue and probably owe Al Gore quite a few carbon offsets (slightly less valuable than Akey Bucks). Wilson is a likely first-round draft pick, but we haven't seen much of sophomore Murray yet. He saw action on special teams last season and something tells me that we'll have to wait a bit longer to see him take the field on D, but let's be honest: the more time under Wilson's tutelage Murray can spend, the better.

Antwon Murray, a 5'11" 175 lb. cornerback out of Kathleen High School, was quite a recruiting coup for the Broncos when he signed on the dotted line in February of 2007. He was considered to be one of the top corners in the region...and Florida is quite a region for football recruiting. Murray's mancrush on the Broncos piqued the interest of his teammate, quarterback Dominique Davis, who was desirous of a Bronco scholly too. Davis ended up inking with Boston College, and has now transferred...but hey, I'm not sure why I felt that factoid was terribly relevant, anyway. Murray was selected first team All-County and All-District as a senior, and garnered second team All-State honors as well. Murray pulled in 8 INTs to go with his 52 tackles that same year and added two kick return TDs for good measure. As a junior, Antwon intercepted 5 passes and finished with a shade under 50 tackles while adding a special teams TD. Murray has quicks and can be a valuable asset this season on special teams. Once Kyle Wilson signs an NFL contract, look for Murray to be a top contender for the vacant CB spot opposite Brandyn Thompson...he also has to be a very early favorite for 2010 punt returner too. Murray has a good head on his shoulders and if he continues to work hard, will find himself on the field soon in special defensive packages. If anything, the extra year of studying Kyle Wilson and trying to cover Austin Pettis will do the kid good.