Murphy is looking for a home

Butte won the state championship this past weekend and one of the big contributors to their magical season was TE Richard Murphy (6-3, 240). He's a very good blocker, but he also showed some soft hands while helping the Roadrunners finish 12-0. He's got an offer he's mulling over, but the talented prospect admitted to he's hoping for more options to roll in...

"Right now, my offer is from Northern Colorado and I'm looking at what they have to offer, but I'm still hoping other schools come in with offers so that I have some choices," Murphy told

His teammate, Bo Brummel, got most of the headlines at the tight end spot and they were well-warranted, but Murphy also had a solid season, hauling in 15 receptions for 270 yards and three touchdowns in nine games.

"We run the ball a lot, so you have to be a really good blocker to get on the field," Murphy admitted. "That's something I take a lot of pride in, but honestly, I feel like I can help in the passing game a lot too. I have good speed and I've got soft hands and I always come down with it when it's thrown my way."

As a prep, Murphy played quarterback at Lassen (Susanville, Ca.) High School and enjoyed a solid career. He was contemplating walking-on at Nevada, but decided instead to make a name for himself at Butte.

"Last year I was the backup quarterback, so not a lot of schools knew much about me as a tight end, but I always ran routes and I convinced our coaches to play me there a little last year," Murphy said. "I'm just hoping someone sees what I can do and they take a chance on me. I know I can play at the highest level. I just need the opportunity and that's sorta what I'm waiting for."

Murphy is a very good student and can leave at any time. Wherever he winds up he will have three years to play two starting in the fall of 2014.

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