Tim Murphy is a hybrid player who is capable of contributing at tailback and fullback...owns the requisite speed and strength to play both positions...hits holes quickly and once through the line can be very difficult to bring down...provided one of the most memorable images of the 2004 season when he burst into the secondary versus West Virginia and dragged a defender for several yards before being brought down...the play was emblematic of Murphy's relentlessness, a quality also evident in his off-the-field preparations...twice during his career he received the Ed Conway Award as one of the team's most improved players during spring drills...sat out 2005 spring practice due to offseason shoulder surgery (left)...expected to be back for fall training camp at 100%..."While we didn't get a chance to see Tim showcase his abilities during the spring, we know he has a lot of experience for us," running backs coach David Walker said. "He used that time to learn the playbook and focus mentally on the plays. I'm looking forward to seeing him full-go in training camp."
2004: Although early season injuries limited him to eight games played (three starts), still figured prominently in the last six contests of the year...2004 rushing stats: 334 yards on 88 attempts (3.8 avg.) with one TD...also had 13 catches for 118 yards (9.1 avg.)...played exceptionally versus West Virginia, rushing for a career-high 106 yards on 20 carries (5.3 avg.)...named coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Game for the West Virginia contest...started at tailback in the subsequent game at South Florida when Raymond Kirkley was out due to injury and rushed 12 times for 52 yards (4.3 avg.)... before returning for the Oct. 23 Rutgers game, had missed the prior four contests due to a right ankle injury...finished with 33 yards rushing on 10 carries and had a career-high four catches for 37 yards against the Scarlet Knights...also had four receptions for a career-high 42 receiving yards versus Utah in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl...had 41 yards rushing on nine carries (4.6 avg.) against Syracuse...missed a starting assignment versus Ohio after being slowed during the preseason with a left hamstring injury... rushed for 21 yards on 11 carries with a one-yard TD versus Ohio...came back to start the Nebraska game and finished with nine yards on two carries before leaving the game with a right ankle injury.
2003: Lettered for the second consecutive year as the chief reserve at fullback...played in 11 games and had 79 yards on 29 carries for the season...missed the Continental Tire Bowl versus Virginia due to a right shoulder injury...made his lone start of the year at tailback in the Boston College game...provided an offensive spark against the Eagles, picking up tough yardage between the tackles...had a season-high 35 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 39 yards.
2002: Played in seven games, starting one contest in his first active season...lone start came against Temple when Lousaka Polite was out due to injury...played most of the Virginia Tech game after Polite aggravated an ankle injury originally sustained the previous week versus Boston College...against the Hokies Murphy had his first collegiate rushing attempt, a 52-yard run to the 10-yard line...on the next play Pittsburgh tied the game, 21-21, with a TD pass, setting the stage for the 28-21 upset...finished with two carries for 58 yards against Virginia Tech...also played the majority of the Boston College game...had the first two receptions of his career for eight yards versus the Eagles...had four receptions on the season for 12 yards ...missed time early in the season due to a left shoulder injury...named a recipient of the Ed Conway Award, annually presented to the most improved players at the conclusion of drills.
2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: First team All-Ohio at John R. Buchtel High...two-time first team All-Northeast Ohio ...three-time first team All-Akron City Series...1999 Akron Beacon Journal City Player of the Year...averaged 10.3 yards per rush as a senior, carrying 174 times for 1,795 yards and 23 touchdowns...averaged 10.9 yards per rush as a junior, carrying 197 times for 2,147 yards and 27 touchdowns...for his career, compiled 5,427 yards and 65 touchdowns...three-year starter and four-year letterman at running back...led Buchtel to a 37-12 record (.755) during his career, including four straight City Series championships...led Buchtel to a 12-2 mark in 2000 and its third state playoff berth in four years...PrepStar All-Midwest Region...earned four letters under Coach Claude Brown...also a four-year letterman in track and field...competed in the Junior Olympics in Belgium and won gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters as well as the 400-meter relay.
Personal: Timothy G. Murphy, born 3/18/83, is the grandson of James and June Stephens...has three sisters...communication and rhetoric major.
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