West Point’s Murphy signs with Bulldogs

 West Point’s Marcus Murphy was surrounded by friends, family and coaches on Wednesday as he officially signed to play football at Mississippi State University.
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BRIAN HAMILTON
Staff Writer

West Point quarterback Marcus Murphy signed to play his college football at Mississippi State University on Wednesday.

This year's 5A Mr. Football has been committed to the Bulldogs since last May and stuck with his commitment even through the departure of Dan Mullen and the hiring of new MSU coach Joe Moorhead.

“(Moorhead) has put in a few packages for me on offense and I’ll also be playing some defense,” Murphy said. “Any position they put me at, I am going to work to get better. Moorhead said I’d play some slot receiver, line up in the backfield some, and play some nickel formations on defense.”

Murphy graduated high school early and will be an early enrollee at Mississippi State. He will move to Starkville the first week of January and is allowed to participate in spring practice with the team.

“I’m going to get a chance to go in and compete for a starting spot this spring,” Murphy said. “It will be nice to go ahead and get used to the system and get used to everybody there.”

As Moorhead embarks on his first recruiting class with the Bulldogs, Murphy said he knows there will be fierce competition in the spring.

“I know I’m going to have to work when I get there,” Murphy said. “I’m just going to stay humble and keep a level head. It’s tough for a true freshman to start, but that’s what I am going in to do.”

Murphy has been a starter ever since his sophomore year at West Point. He has amassed 5,227 yards rushing and 72 touchdowns on the ground and has passed for 1,925 yards and 20 touchdowns during his Green Wave career.

“I’m proud of him and I’m definitely going to miss him,” West Point head coach Chris Chambless said. “Thankfully, he’s not going too far from home, so I’ll look forward to getting to watch him play some.”

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