Six questions with Jason Murphy

Jason Murphy is a big, strong lineman with a physical style of play, learned from his switch from defensive tackle following his freshman year to offensive guard. And he flourished, earning All-ACC honors following his final season in 2005.

You've described yourself as a good listener. How has that benefited your development as you've been preparing for your shot at the pro level?

Jason Murphy: I pride myself in that, even when I came to college. And then even more when I switched to offensive lineman. I had to learn the plays and how to do some different things. I wouldn't be in the situation I'm in now if I didn't listen. I've tried to learn from other people's mistakes so I wouldn't make the same mistake.

What do you feel are the skills and attributes you possess that will convinced the Chargers to sign you?

Jason Murphy: I have good power. I'm definitely athletic and I've got good leadership ability. I'm quick and I've got good vision. So I can bring all of that to a team.

You're a very family-oriented guy. What influence has your family had on who you are as a person, and how you approach football?

Jason Murphy: They've helped me approach things spiritually. I pray before every game. My family is definitely behind me spiritually. That background helps you learn how to take on things. And my whole church family is behind me, and that's always a plus.

You started out as a defensive tackle at Virginia Tech after posting 60 sacks in Baltimore during your high school career. Tell us how the decision came about to switch you to the offensive line.

Jason Murphy: I guess it came mainly to get me on the field a little earlier. When I came out of high school I played defensive tackle and offensive guard, so they decided to give me a chance there and I just took advantage of it.

Did you find you were more comfortable on the offensive side once you got settled in?

Jason Murphy: At first it wasn't all that comfortable because I had been playing on the defensive side and was working on it at Virginia Tech. Defense is more of a run-type of position where you would shoot out at a person, where at offensive guard it was more about keeping your balance and keeping control at all times.

Your teammates honored you as the most team-oriented player and hardest worker. What do you feel you did to earn that distinction?

Jason Murphy: I just went out there and put it all out on the football field – even at practice. You've got to practice the way you want to play. So I practice hard and focus on doing things right on the field. Off the field I'd try to help some of the younger guys.

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