Deon Murphy Gets Additional Season

Kansas State senior Deon Murphy is now a junior ... again. Murphy will be a three-position starter for the Wildcats as he's listed as a starting wide receiver, plus No. 1 punt returner and top kickoff return man. Murphy will be part of a veteran starting lineup Saturday against North Texas that includes 20 seniors and juniors

Kansas State's football year is already off to a good start as Deon Murphy, a junior in 2007, will again be a junior in 2008!

While exact details on the ruling were expected to come from today's pregame press conference, KSU sports information director Kenny Lannou reports that the ruling has to do with Murphy's college career starting at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and Blinn Community College in Texas, but as a part-time student and non-football player.

Murphy's first actual playing season came in 2006 at Coffeyville Community College where he helped the Red Ravens to a 7-4 season. The 22-year-old Murphy then transferred to K-State in 2007 and became the Offensive Newcomer of the Year in the Big 12 Conference with his 57 catches for 605 yards, plus 26 punt returns for a 17.5-yard average.

It will be a veteran Wildcat football team that takes the field Saturday in the 6:05 p.m. season-opening game with North Texas.

In a projected starting lineup announced Sunday afternoon, K-State will start nine seniors, 11 juniors plus two sophomores in wide receiver Lamark Brown and cornerback Joshua Moore.

Quarterback Josh Freeman will be joined in the backfield by walk-on junior college transfer Keithen Valentine, who will be backed by true-freshman Logan Dold. The first three wide receivers to hit the field will be three returnees in Deon Murphy, Ernie Pierce and Lamark Brown.

The offensive line will feature four returning starters from 2007 - Alesana Alesana (LT), Brock Unruh (LG), Jordan Bedore ( C ) and Gerard Spexarth (RG), plus Nick Stringer (RT), who made nine starts in 2006. The tight end is returning starter Jeron Mastrud.

K-State's 3-4 defense will feature a front of Ian Campbell, Brandon Balkcom and Eric Childs; the linebackers will be Olu Hall, Reggie Walker, Ulla Pomele and Antwon Moore; plus a secondary of Gary Chandler and Chris Carney at safety, and Blair Irvin and Joshua Moore at the corners.

Including kicker (kickoffs and place kicking) Brooks Rossman, and return man (kickoffs and punts) Murphy, K-State will have 13 junior college/transfer starters.

Making an immediate impact from the 2008 recruiting class as starters will be Valentine at running back, Pomele at linebacker and Irvin at cornerback.

The lone freshmen on the KSU two-deep roster are Dold at running back, plus redshirt-freshman Clyde Aufner at right tackle.


Missing from the offensive line depth chart are Brad Rooker and Penisini Liu.

Rooker will miss the entire season due to a medical hardship, and Liu for several weeks due to a knee injury suffered in the 2008 spring game.

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