Profile 2003 - Brandon Murphy (DT)

First update of April

Brandon Murphy #62
By Scott Kennedy

Defensive Tackle
6-2, 275, 4.98
Tyrone, GA - Sandy Creek

School Preferences: Wide Open
Coach's Comments: "Big and strong player. May be and OL at the next level." - Coach Rodney Walker
Goals: Turn the team around and go to the playoffs
Strength: Bench: 295, Squat 510
Summer Camps: Undecided on which camps to attend


Profile 2003 - Brandon Murphy (DT)
Brandon Murphy played defensive tackle next to a very familiar name last season. Playing at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, GA, Murphy lined up next to 2002 UGA signee Kedric Golston. When Golston was injured midway through the 2001 season, the load in the middle shifted to Murphy. "When Kedric went down last year, I had a lot more pressure on me to get the job done," said Murphy. "Those were some big shoes to try and fill, and they'll be big shoes to fill this year too."

While Murphy knows that more of a load will be shifted to him this year, he is keeping that thought in perspective. "I think we can turn it around and make the playoffs this year. I'm not concerned with putting up big numbers, just as long as I do what it takes to help the team win. If we need a couple of sacks to win, I'm going to get a couple of sacks. If we need me to occupy 3 linemen and let the linebackers come free, that's what I'm going to do. I'll do whatever it takes to help us win. I'll play offense and defense this year. I like playing defense better right now. I look at it as a leadership role. On defense you can make or break a play; defense does win championships."

Murphy's ability alone is drawing attention from schools across the south, and it's his team first attitude that will make him an even bigger catch this recruiting season. "Right now I'm hearing the most from Auburn. I've also been hearing from Florida, East Carolina, and Louisville, but I don't have any favorite schools right now. I'm planning on hitting some of the camps this summer, but I have to sit down and decide with my coach on where I'm going to go."

Murphy got a taste last year of what it was going to be like to be "the man" in the middle last season, and he's ready to take on that role again this year. e certainly has the ability and the work ethic to be the next great player from Sandy Creek.

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