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Virgen's View: Murtha doing work

May 29, 2012|By Steve Virgen

He is closing in on the Newport-Mesa career rushing record of 4,333 yards. That record was set by Costa Mesa's Binh "Runaway" Tran from 1991-93.

Murtha has been known as "Boy," a nickname given to him by his father. The Boy has become a man. He has been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40.

He believes the beach workouts can help him gain more speed and more power.

"I've learned that no matter what the task is, I can pull through," Murtha said of what he's learned through training at the beach. "I've had injuries. I've had obstacles that I've had to overcome. To come out here running in the sand, and finding deep down I can do it, it let's me know I can do anything."

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Last year, the city of Costa Mesa enjoyed two of the best high school running backs in its history with Murtha and the Mustangs' Mario Smith.

It doesn't look like there will be much of a drop-off this fall, as Costa Mesa's Oronde Crenshaw is set to take over as the lead back in his junior year for the Mustangs.

"He's a great back; he's a great football player," Murtha said of Crenshaw. "I have nothing against him at all. It's going to be a great season for both me and him. I'm not really going to say much on his skills, but I know he can play ball. I'm not trying to take away anything from him. I just know it's going to be a great season for both of us."

Crenshaw is expected to be one of the top players for the Mustangs this season, a game-changer who has the ability to dominate on offense and defense.

However Crenshaw's opportunity to excel does not play into Murtha's motivation.

"To be honest I don't focus on that stuff," Murtha said. "I just focus on myself, on my season, about what I can do to be the best I can be, and not worry about what other people are going to be doing."

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Videos:

Murtha's junior year

Murtha beach training (ladder)

Murtha beach training (parachute)

Murtha beach training (interview)

steve.virgen@latimes.com

Twitter: @SteveVirgen

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