Data Scout Notes: 2013: 1stC...PLombardi/PButkus/PNagurski/PBednarik/DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang/TSX-PTW...2012: 1stC/AP3rd...PButkus...2011: NA
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12/03/13 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Trent Murphy, Sr., Stanford (2)...Murphy leads the Pac-12 and ranks second nationally in sacks with 13.0 this season. He ranks second in the conference and sixth nationally with 19.5 tackles for loss. Aside from getting into the backfield, Murphy has troubled opposing teams with seven passes defended, seven quarterback hurries, one interception, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Murphy currently stands in sixth place on Stanfordís career tackle for loss list (48.5). - Stanford football
11/11/13 - TOP 10 BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF 2013: 7. Trent Murphy, Stanford, OLB/DE: The toughest guy on the tough Cardinal D, the 6-6, 260-pound former track star leads Stanford with 9.5 sacks and 13 TFLs this season. Earlier this week, in advance of Stanford's huge test against Oregon this week, Murphy and his rugged upbringing was detailed by SI.com's Stew Mandel in this piece that is worth a look. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
11/11/13 - 2014 NFL Draft: Stanford's Hogan, Yankey, Skov star vs. Oregon...Even Mariota's prettiest throw of the night was one that NFL talent evaluators should be concerned with. The redshirt sophomore completed a beautiful pass while rolling to his right in the first quarter to wideout Keanon Lowe. The pass -- which demonstrated great athleticism, vision and touch -- went for 19 yards and put the ball on the Oregon 7-yard line. The pass was pretty, but it was also late, soft and over the middle. A faster defense might have made Mariota pay with his first interception thrown of the season. Speed is the great concern scouts have with a number of draft-eligible prospects on Stanford's defense. Instincts and physicality are two traits found throughout the Cardinal defense, as Oregon discovered Thursday night.
Stanford defenders had previously stood out in primetime Pac-12 showdowns. Outside linebacker Trent Murphy earned Top Prospect for Week Nine for putting on a J.J. Watt impression against Oregon State. Fellow defensive lineman Josh Mauro and intense inside linebacker Shayne Skov wowed against UCLA. Skov showed impressive determination, hand-eye coordination and upper body strength to rip free a fumble from De'Anthony Thomas in the second quarter that was arguably the play of the game. The Ducks were down just 14-0 and had driven to Stanford's 11-yard line. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/30/13 - TOP PROSPECT OF WEEK 9: Stanford DE/OLB Trent Murphy: Murphy's next major contribution to the game was his blocked PAT of the Beavers' only touchdown of the game. Oregon State had seemingly seized the momentum, cutting Stanford's lead to 13-9 with 46 seconds remaining in the third quarter in front of a passionate crowd in Corvalis. Rather than punctuate their 12-play, 90-yard scoring drive with an extra point to lessen Stanford's lead to just a field goal, Murphy, lining up in the middle, used his great height, leaping ability and timing to block the kick.
Murphy's third sack of the game came with 4:04 remaining in the game. Murphy was again lined up as a defensive end but this time out of a three man front. Rather than lining up on the outside shade of the left tackle, he was held in tighter to keep his containment responsibilities. Murphy quickly crossed the face of Philipp, forcing the left tackle to frantically slide to his left. Sensing the pass blocker's loss of balance, Murphy planted his right foot and spun back to the inside, freeing himself up to quickly close on Mannion again.
Whether on the inside or out, in the two-point stance or three, Murphy was an obvious difference-maker against Oregon State. As talented as the Beavers are, however, Murphy will have to be just as impressive this week against the undefeated Oregon Ducks for his Cardinal to pull off the upset in Palo Alto. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/30/13 - TOP PROSPECT OF WEEK 9: Stanford DE/OLB Trent Murphy: While not truly explosive off the snap, Murphy's long legs help him cover ground quickly and he shows surprising flexibility to dip and close around the corner for a man of his size. This body control and length also allows Murphy to consistently defeat the cut blocks which render most players of his height ineffective. Murphy quickly reacts to cut blocks, showing the hand usage to knock would-be blockers to the ground, as well as the flexibility to sprawl and quickly recover.
Murphy's first sack was his easiest. Rather than meet him at the edge, Oregon State left tackle Michael Philipp initially turned inside with fellow senior LG Josh Andrews, allowing Murphy (playing DE on a four man front) a free release upfield on 3rd and 20 to record an easy sack on Mannion. His next sack ended another Oregon State drive, this time the Beavers' first series of the second half. Again lining up as a traditional 4-3 defensive end, Murphy rushed upfield only to be contained by Philipp, himself a potential NFL draft pick. Showing awareness, powerful, active hands and a high revving motor, Murphy took advantage of the 6-foot-4, 328-pound left tackle sliding left to cut back inside, swim over the top of Philipp with his right arm and close on the quarterback. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com