Latavius Murray was born on January 18, 1990 in Orlando, Florida. Shortly after his 3rd birthday he moved to upstate New York and settled into a quiet town south of Syracuse called Nedrow. With a population of just over 2,000, Latavius embraced the tight bonds formed in small town America. Attending Onondaga Central High School, he was a two-sport athlete, leading the Tigers in football and basketball. His Senior year he rushed for 2,194 yards and 28 TD’s, while also recording 78 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions on defense. That year he was named the 2007 Gatorade Football Player of the Year in the state of New York. Regarded as a 3-star recruit and the 5th best prospect in New York, Latavius chose to attend The University of Central Florida.
At Central Florida, Latavius played in 8 games as a true freshman, registering 132 yards and 3 touchdowns. After tearing his ACL in the offseason, he took a redshirt year in 2009. 2010 proved to be his breakout year, playing in all 14 games and earning MVP honors in both the Conference USA Championship Game and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. During his Junior year in 2011, he played in all 12 games. His best game came up against The University of Texas at El Paso, where he rushed for 233 yards on 21 attempts with 2 touchdowns rushing, while catching 2 passes for 24 yards and 1 touchdown. During his Senior year, he rushed for 1,106 yards on 198 attempts and 15 touchdowns, while catching 27 passes for 231 yards and 4 touchdowns. This earned him an All C-USA first team selection. His UCF career finished with 2,424 yards, 37 touchdowns rushing and 50 receptions for 524 yards and 6 touchdowns. Latavius was the 1st player in UCF history to record a rushing touchdown in 9 straight games and 2nd in UCF history in overall touchdowns (44), 8th in attempts (453), 6th in yards (2,424) and 3rd in rushing touchdowns (37).
Latavius was impressive at Central Florida’s Pro Day. The Oakland Raiders selected him in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft (181st overall). His rookie season was unfortunately cut short due to an ankle injury in August 2013. In the 2014 season, Latavius got back on the field and made his first career touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished that game with 112 yards rushing on 4 carries, becoming the first player in NFL history to gain at least 110 yards rushing on 5 or fewer carries. Latavius entered the 2015 season as the Raiders starting running back. In week 3, he rushed for a career-best 139 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown in a win over the Browns. In 2016, Latavius played in 14 games, rushed for 788 yards and scored a career high 12 touchdowns. On March 16, 2017, Latavius signed a new three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.