The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder was an Ironman last season, rarely coming off of the field.
He was a 2nd team all state selection in Class 4-A by the Des Moines Register at linebacker, and he gained nearly 1,600 yards on the ground as the team's tailback.
That total included a 214-yard effort against Iowa City High and a 380 yard and seven touchdown performance against Cedar Rapids Xavier.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have taken notice of Murphy's football talents.
"Reese Morgan stopped by my school last year. It's not legal for him to speak with me now, so he just sort of walked by me." Murphy said of his only contact with the Iowa coaching staff.
"We have junior call in day tomorrow, where their Top 20 recruits call in and there are only four of us from Iowa that are in their top 20. I am going to junior day that is the weekend where Iowa plays Northwestern (November 12th), and that is the extent of my contact with them."
As we highlighted above, Murphy is an exceptional athlete. But he did not make the best first impression on the Iowa staff last summer.
"At the Hawkeye camp, I ran a disappointing 4.90 forty time. Then I had a pretty good football season and worked really hard after the season with a lot of plyometric speed workouts. At the (US Army All American) combine I ran a 4.55 on their electronic or laser timing device." Murphy said of his mid-January trip to San Antonio, where we first met him.
"I think the reason for my slower time last summer was that I was coming out of a long track season, and in track I was a 400 runner, so my muscles were not conditioned for the sprints; they were not toned for quickness workouts at all. But I worked on that since then."
That work has paid off, and it certainly caught the attention of the Iowa stasff.
"My coaches have spoken with Iowa and they want me to play cornerback on my Seven on Seven team this summer, so I can work on pass coverage. I play linebacker in high school, so I am guessing they are looking at me as a safety." Murphy said.
"I would love to play safety for Iowa. I have always wanted to play it, but linebacker is where I am needed at my high school. I would do anything there just to get on the field." Murphy said.
"Ever since the day I was born. I have been a Hawkeye fan. Everyone is an Iowa fan up here in Dubuque. I have been wearing the shirts and watching the games. I used to go there a lot when I was a little kid. I never thought that I would have a future in football until recently. But that is the place that I want to play."
Though Murphy has yet to receive an offer from Iowa, you can't say that he is taking this early interest in stride, either.
"It is pretty amazing, at least to me. I had no idea that I could even have a chance to be considered by Iowa coming into high school. And now to find out that I might be among their Top 20 recruits, I just find that pretty amazing."
What's even more amazing is that prior to the 2004 football season, the pigskin was not his first love.
"Before this past year (2004 football season), track was my number one sport. This past season on the football field surprised me. It was the best season I have ever had, even counting JV." Murphy said.
Given that he was a 2nd team All State selection and that he had so many monstrous games carrying the football, we wondered how he could account for such a breakout season?
"I didn't grow. I have been the same height since going into my freshman year. I weighed about 170 my sophomore year after the season. " Murphy said.
"One of my cousins is a trainer, and he got me on a hardcore, six day a week put on weight and muscle program. I put on 25 pounds going into this past season. I put 70 pounds on my bench and about 100 on my squat."
Murphy said that he just recently put up 300-pounds on the bench press and his squat numbers are around 470-pounds, with a clean and jerk of 280.
Like any other good Hawkeye fan, Murphy was glued to his television set this past January 1st, and he watched Iowa beat LSU in miracle fashion in the Capital One Bowl.
"It was awesome," Murphy said of the game. "I was pretty freaked out when they were down at the end, because I thought they had it taken care of. Then they didn't call a timeout, so I was on the edge of my seat right there. But Tate pulled it out and hit Holloway right on stride. It was awesome."
With three straight New Year's Day bowl appearances and the same number of consecutive Top 10 finishes, Murphy is somewhat at a loss for words that there could be a future for him in Iowa City, if all goes right.
"This is still all sinking in. I know that I don't have an offer, but it's still just a bit wild to think about. I don't know how I could come to terms with being able to put on a Hawkeye jersey and being able to walk on the field and go to a Rose Bowl or maybe even play for a national championship."
THE TOP PREPS IN THE STATE OF IOWA, CLASS OF 2006
-as submitted by Josh Clark