The 6'0,198-pound Murphy, a two-year starter, was a big-hitting defensive back for the Bulls' stout defense, and was considered one of the biggest hitters in the draft. Running a sub 4.5 forty, Murphy has a great combination of size and speed.
A very physical defensive back, Murphy played corner, nickel and some safety at USF. He holds the school career record by playing in 52 games, 25 of them starts, is solid in man and press coverage and was considered one of the top corners in this draft in terms of run support.
In 2009 he had a career-high 77 tackles, led the team with eight pass breakup, and was tied with Nate Allen for a team-leading four interceptions. He had 67 tackles and a pair of pickoffs in 2008.
He finished his collegiate career with 202 tackles and eight interceptions, 18 pass breakups, seven tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and half a sack. Murphy also average of 24.2 yards per return, returning 26 kickoffs for 628 yards.
Murphy is the second University of South Florida defensive back taken in the 2010 NFL Draft, and becomes the sixth defensive back taken by NFL teams in the draft, joining Nate Allen , former Bulls Mike Jenkins, Trae Williams, J.R. Reed and Anthony Henry.Through 65 picks, USF had the third most players drafted - Murphy, Nate Allen and Jason Pierre-Paul, of any college program