Murphy sat out the 2011 season with a shoulder injury. Heading into the 2012 season, Murphy is expected to carry the football for the Tigers.
Near the end of fall camp, Murphy was at or near the top of the Depth Chart at punt returner and at kick returner. And, he's listed second at TB, behind Kendial Lawrence. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Murphy, and he talked about his role on the team this year.
"Now, it's a bigger load," explained Murphy. "When I did play my freshman year, it was just trying to get into the system, you know, find out new things about the offense. Now, I've got my fundamentals down, so I have to come out and just try to execute and get better every practice. Kendial (Lawrence) is in front of me right now, but he's not going to be able to carry the load by himself. So, I just want to be able to pick him up whenever I come in and execute the best that I can."
I've noticed that Missouri QB James Franklin and Murphy have developed real good chemistry between them on the field. Murphy is a frequent target for Franklin coming out of the backfield. I asked him about the rapport they've developed between them.
"That was one big reason that I came to Mizzou," explained Murphy. "I like to play the running back position and catch the ball out of the backfield. James (Franklin), he always looks for me when I come out on the swing route. I like to use those as my advantage. You know, I'm not the biggest running back, but I can catch the ball out of the backfield, you know, make a play. Me and James (Franklin), we do have a little chemistry there."
"He puts it right on the money," explained Murphy, talking about how Franklin's passes allow him to make plays once he gets the football. "He doesn't throw it too far down the field where I can't see the defenders. He puts it right on the spot where I can catch it and adjust to the defense coming."
Murphy talked about #3 TB, true freshman Russell Hansbrough.
"Russell (Hansbrough) has stepped up," said Murphy. "He's been making big plays (in practice), you know, making a big contribution to the offense. He's just trying to get used to the temp and everything. He's getting up to speed. He's coming along real good."
Murphy reported his current height and weight, along with his latest testing numbers as 5'9" 185 4.47 forty 36" vertical. He talked about his personal goals for the season.
"I just want to come out and be better," said Murphy. "I just want to come out and lead my team, and do whatever I can to help the team win."
"I love this team," said Murphy. "I can't wait (to get the season started). We've been excited. Now, we're real excited!"