Laney's Murphy ready for big 2009 season

He doesn't have the prototypical quarterback size, but Laney QB Jeff Murphy (6-0, 190) has everything else necessary to be a big-time signal-caller at the next level. caught up with the leader of the Eagles' versatile attack and he updated us on things including what he's done this offseason to make himself better...

Murphy prepped at nearby Alameda High School and enjoyed a standout career there, but he didn't get a lot of recruiting interest so he decided to stay close to home and enroll at Laney.

"Actually, Laney is right across the street from high school, so obviously it's close to home for me," Murphy told recently. "They have a real good program here and there's lots of competition up here so I thought it was the best of both worlds for me."

In 2008, Murphy started every game as a freshman, but split time with Kevin Tobin, a returning sophomore. Even though he didn't take all the snaps, he still managed to post over 2,000 yards of passing and 22 touchdowns to only eight interceptions.

"I thought I had a good season, but I've been working really hard to get better so I can have an even better one this year," Murphy said. "I've been watching a lot of film and I really have worked hard to learn from my mistakes. When I was in there last year, everything was new, the way they ran defenses and stuff like that, but this year I feel real comfortable and I think that will help me lead the team this year."

Murphy isn't a speed demon, but he still posted an impressive 4.6 forty time this past spring and he said he has no qualms about using his legs to hurt defenses.

"I'll run if the opportunity presents itself, but honestly I would rather get the ball into the hands of the receivers and running backs," Murphy said. "I mean, they're the playmakers, they're the ones that can really hurt teams, I just need to get the ball into their hands.

"I'm more than happy to run, but I'd rather let the other guys do that stuff."

On the recruiting front, interest has been tepid at best for the talented signal-caller, but he hopes a good start to the season will change that.

"I'm going to get tape out to a bunch of schools after our first couple games, so teams can really see what I can do," Murphy said. "I'm really hoping someone takes an interest in me because I think I can be successful at the next level. I'm not really worried about it right now though because I think we have a great season in front of us and that's really where my focus is right now."

Murphy will finish up his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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