October 28, 2009

Murphy pulls the trigger, excited to be a Ram

Trevor Murphy called the Colorado State football offices Wednesday morning with a question from one Jefferson (Tex.) football player to another. After getting the answer he was looking for from former Bulldog star and current CSU coach Tim Duffie, he pulled the trigger.

"Last night I was doing a lot of thinking and I figured there was no sense in really waiting so I called Coach Duffie this morning," Murphy said. "I asked him, 'are you sure you are going to take care of me?' he said, 'we sure are,' so I said I was ready to be a Ram.

"I had quite a few schools looking at me, but no one treated me like Colorado state did," Murphy added. "I could have went to somewhere in Texas and stayed close to home and family, but when we went to Colorado State and the way they treated me and my family, you know they are on to something big."

Murphy is a 6-foot-3, 275-pounder who has been a four-year starter on the defensive line, although he has been previously listed as a center. Murphy said he is excited to play on the defensive side of the football. Murphy said the Colorado State coaches told him this weekend they see him in the Guy Miller mold, which Murphy said humbled him.

"I have always played both ways, but I didn't start play center until the end of last season," Murphy said. "It was getting down to crunch time last year when our center got into trouble so I started the last four games. I started my freshman year as a defensive tackle and defensive line is where my heart is. I am pumped about playing it in college. I feel like I can help out at that position."

Murphy's father played college football at Stephen F. Austin, said his decision was also helped by the fact he was matched up with fellow Texas offensive linemen Weston Richburg, who was his weekend host.

"He really helped me a lot being from around Amarillo," Murphy said. "I asked him what was the distance like and how was it to be in Colorado and be from Texas. He had nothing but good things to say. He was redshirted this year and said it was a great class of guys. We got to know him real good and had a lot of things in common."

Murphy said the recruiting road has been a little bumpy, but he was also thrilled with the way everything worked out. Murphy said he was ready to commit to Louisiana Tech during two-a-days in August, but things didn't work out and he feels it was for the best.

"I got did wrong by Louisiana Tech during recruiting," Murphy said. "They offered me and I thought I was supposed to go there because it was close to my family. They did me wrong, so I continued the recruiting process with Colorado State and Coach Duffie. I think God was looking out for me and I knew on the whole way home that (Colorado State) was where I am supposed."

Murphy, also said he wasn't concerned about the Rams' recent five-game losing streak, pointing out he is seeing growth out of the team and thinks big things are head for the Rams.

"That (the losing streak) really didn't bother me at all. Last weekend in the first half they won, out loud. The first half they (CSU) whooped them (San Diego State). It wasn't a negative to me because the atmosphere was as good as it gets and the mountains were beautiful and they treated better than anyone... I feel like that program is up and rising to me. I see it and I know other programs do too, because it is going to be something good in the next few years."

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