First full contact for Murtha

It's been a long time coming, but at least for a day, it finally arrived: Murtha goes full contact. Doesn't sound like much, but for a coaching staff that was hoping to have him last year, it's probably a welcome sight. As head coach, Bill Callahan said, though, it's the first of many steps for the redshirt freshman.

It would be hard as a coaching staff not to be encouraged watching Lydon Murtha take actual contact for the first time in what probably seems an eternity.


Following an injury incurred from a blocking sled accident last year to a hamstring that sidelined him up to practices this Spring, Murtha's presence in full-contact drills today was a refreshing site for head coach, Bill Callahan. Refreshing, though, Callahan is still realistic as to where Lydon is right now. "I thought he did a good job today," Callahan said. "He's still a redshirt freshman. This is the first time he's really ever gone live against the big boys."


"He's going to have some ups and downs, some positives and negatives. It's all part of spring football right now."


Murtha is still slated to play left tackle and currently sits third on the depth chart behind current starter, Seppo Evwaraye and second string, Chris Patrick.

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