WPIAL QB looking to make his mark

The consensus feeling is that Pennsylvania is not laden with the QB depth that it normally has. Billy Stull of Seton La Salle has been the only Western PA QB that most have mentioned. He went to the Nike Combine at Ohio State recently and established himself as an elite prospect. Now another Pittsburgh area QB prospect is looking for his coming out party.

QB Shane Murray 6-2, 193, 4.58 Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Pittsburgh will have his chance at the Nike Combine at Penn State on May 15th and at the MSL/Insiders Combine in Cincinnati on May 29th & 30th. Shane helped led his team to the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game. The Vikings were beaten by North Penn and had too settle for second, but with a lot of returning lettermen and starters a trip back to Hershey isn't out of the question in 2004.

Murray threw for 1,400 yards in a run-oriented scheme. He rushed for 630 yards and 7 td's. He found the end zone through the air 11 times against only 5 interceptions. He was named to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Eastern Fab 22 and Honorable Mention All-Conference. Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Iowa, Virginia, and Indiana have been filling his mailbox the most. His early favorites are Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Iowa, and Virginia.

This past weekend Shane was scheduled to visit Notre Dame for their spring game on Saturday, and junior day on Sunday. Murray has been to the University of Pittsburgh numerous times and would like too play for his hometown team.

"It's very close, and they have an outstanding academic program."

One of Shane's favorite NFL QB's also happens to be a graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic Marc Bulger who played his college ball at West Virginia, and after a short stint with New Orleans has found a home with the St. Louis Rams.

"He is so calm when he's in the pocket. That is an area I would like too improve in my game."

He is quick to point out he also is a big fan of Green Bay QB Brett Favre as well.

"I love his intensity and leadership on the field."

So what are Murray's best attributes on the field?

"I play every play like it's my last. I am always calm and I never give up."

Shane is trying his hand at throwing the javelin; he has been slowed down recently by a blood disorder that has since left his system.

"I was down for awhile, I am just getting back in shape."

Murray has a 2.9 GPA and will take his SATS at the beginning of May. He has a max bench of 235 lbs. and a max squat of 340 lbs.

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