Data Scout Notes: 2014: 1stC-AP&KR...PHornung/P3rdM-KR...2013: 2ndC-AP/NAM...P2ndC-KR/PHornung/PJet...2012: NA...2011: NA/#47rFrRB
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Draft Scout Marcus Murphy News
01/02/15 - When Missouri played its best this season, the Tigers stopped the run or ran well themselves. Minnesota found out what happens when the Tigers are successful at both. Marcus Murphy ran for 159 yards, Russell Hansbrough added 114 yards and a touchdown and No. 16 Missouri beat Minnesota (No. 25 CFP) 33-17 on Thursday in the Citrus Bowl. "We took advantage of some critical turnovers. It's 23 (wins) -- the best back-to-back seasons in Missouri history," Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said. "You're always judged when you have the most adversity and how you respond. And we did."
Missouri (11-3) also got a big day out of its defense, which held one of the nation's top rushing offenses to 106 yards on its way to winning its third straight bowl game and reaching 11 victories for the fourth time in school history. Minnesota entered the game averaging nearly 225 yards on the ground. The Tigers forced three turnovers, led by game MVP Markus Golden, who finished with 10 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. It helped Missouri's offense settle in after from some early miscues. "It's a blessing to be a part of this team. Just to be out here playing," Golden said. "One of the best days of my life." - AP Sports
10/28/14 - OCT 20 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus Murphy, KR/PR, Missouri...Flashed his All-American game-changing abilities to jump start Mizzou's 42-13 win at Florida, as he scored touchdowns via kickoff return (96 yards), punt return (82 yards) and rushing (5 yards), ending the night with a career-high 224 all-purpose yards. He became the first Tiger in history with a kickoff return and punt return score in the same game...Couldn't have given Mizzou a bigger lift, especially coming off of a 34-0 shutout loss to Georgia the week before, when he took the opening kickoff at Florida, and burst through a seam for a 96-yard TD and a 7-0 lead just :11 seconds into the game. It marked only the third game-opening kickoff return for a TD in Tiger history (2010 and 1967 were the others).
Perhaps even more spectacular was his punt return in the 3rd quarter, for the fact that the Tigers didn't even have their punt return unit on the field. With a 4th-and-2 for Florida at the Gator 41-yardline, Mizzou kept its defense on the field to guard against a fake punt. Despite that, Murphy took the punt at his own 18-yardline, made the first man miss, juked a couple more, and sped through a small seam and broke two tackles to get to the sideline for a back-breaking score which made it 26-0 at the time at the 13:01 mark of the 3rd quarter. - SEC football
10/22/14 - Marcus Murphy scored three touchdowns, including two on special teams, and Missouri embarrassed Florida 42-13 Saturday night. The Tigers (5-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return. They managed just seven first downs and 119 yards of offense, including 20 passing, and essentially let the Gators self-destruct in nearly every way imaginable. And they did. Mizzou bounced back from a shutout loss at home to Georgia, remained in the hunt in the muddled Eastern Division and extended their road winning streak to eight.
The Gators (3-3, 2-3) lost for the second time in eight days, fueling speculation that Will Muschamp has coached his final game in Gainesville. "Fire Muschamp" chants broke out in third quarter and could be heard throughout an emptying Florida Field. Florida has dropped 12 of its last 19 games and trails the division-leading Bulldogs by two games with three remaining. Athletic director Jeremy Foley said in September that he wouldn't make any decisions about Muschamp's future until after the season finale. But he also has said repeatedly over the years that if something must be done eventually, it must be done immediately. The Gators could be 0-5 in conference play. - AP Sports
08/21/14 - Other Missouri prospects worth watching: RB Marcus Murphy, RS Senior...The NFL is always on the lookout for versatile skill-position players and they don't come much more versatile or productive than Murphy, who enters his senior campaign with 3,191 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns, scored via running (12), receiving (1), kick returning (3) and punt returning (1). Murphy scored nine of his rushing touchdowns last season as he gained more time at running back and earned All-American honors in 2012 with all four of his special teams' scores. Murphy has seen a lot of time at slot receiver in camp and appears well suited to the change. He lacks prototypical size, of course, but uses his naturally low center of gravity to remain balanced and has terrific agility and burst to go along with vision and soft hands. With a big senior season, the jack of all trades could push for a draft selection. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/09/14 - 2014 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): RS Marcus Murphy, Missouri (72)...Picked as a return specialist, Murphy has 17 career touchdowns scored four different ways: rushing (12), kickoff return (3), punt return (1) and receiving (1). His 3,191 career all-purpose yards ranks eighth all-time in program history entering his senior season. - Missouri football