Kansas Signee: Ryan Murphy

Lawrence Free State is home to the Murphy twins. They are fulfilling a dream when they both report to Kansas later this year.

Ryan Murphy played quarterback, cornerback and free safety for the Firebirds. We asked head coach Robert Lisher if Ryan excels at one of the positions.

"No, he is a good athlete," Lisher said. "He had an extremely good year at free safety (this year). The last two years he played cornerback. He did an outstanding job at free safety and was a leader. Offensively, he had a great year with almost 3,000 yards combined. He had a great year on both sides."

Ryan rushed for 1,084 yards and passed for 1,863 yards. He sports a completion rate of 63-percent. Defensively, Ryan had three interceptions and has eight in his career. He accounted for 22 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, six pass break-ups and three fumble recoveries.

"Ryan was a Top 11 pick in the state of Kansas," Lisher said. "He was All-State top 11, and he was first team All-Sunflower League at quarterback. He was second team defensive back which he probably should have been first team."

Ryan was also selected to play in the Shrine Bowl. The talented signal caller for the 11-1 Free State squad also underwent arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in January for an injury sustained in September.

Ryan talked of his position for the Jayhawks.

"They just told me they want me to play wide receiver," he said. "That's what I want to do. That's where I thought I was going to play in college, and I will happily make that transition."

We asked Ryan why the local university was the place for him to ply his trade.

"That's because of the environment and just being able to play in front of my friends and family," he said. "Just knowing they wanted me to play on offense too. All the other schools recruiting me wanted me to play defensive back. Plus, they also recruited my brother.

We asked Lisher if the brothers were competitive with each other.

"Oh yes, but it's typical brothers," he said. "They want to beat each other, but they don't want anybody else to beat them."

Ryan talked of playing in the Big 12 atmosphere.

"I definitely always wanted to play in the Big 12," he said. "It is going to be a lot of adjusting to the speed, but I can't wait for the competition and to see how good I am on the next level."

"I am looking forward to just being able to compete. Of course, I would always like to play against (University of) Texas if I were to look forward to a game."

Both of the Murphy brothers are three-year starters for coach Lisher's squad.

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