2012 2nd-Team All-American Return Specialist (Sports Illustrated)
2012 3rd-Team All-American Punt Returner (Phil Steele)
2012 1st-Team All-SEC Return Specialist (ESPN)
2012 Team Special Teams Plaer of the Year
2012 SEC Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 1 & Oct. 1)
2012 - Spring Team Most Improved Tailback
Game-breaking talent who is one of the most dangerous return men in the nation ... Opens camp third on the depth chart at tailback, and he'll be in the middle of a big competition there to see who emerges as the starter ... Figures to factor prominently again in the return game, where he scored four times a year ago and claimed 2nd-Team All-American status and 1st-Team All-SEC acclaim in 2012.
Returned with style in 2012 after missing all of 2011 with a shoulder injury, as he was named a 2nd-Team All-American and a 1st-Team All-SEC performer thanks to an electrifying season as a return man ... Ranked 2nd in the SEC and 10th in the NCAA with his season punt return average of 13.85 yards, and he also ranked 5th in the SEC (42nd nationally) with his 24.11 kickoff return average ... Took an MU-record four kicks back for scores in all, including an MU-record three punt return TDs and one kickoff return TD (a 98-yarder which came against eventual BCS National Champion Alabama) ... Made a huge impact in the season opener, becoming the first Tiger ever with two punt return touchdowns in the same game ... His first score came with under five minutes left in the third quarter, spinning off a few defenders and sprinting 70 yards for a touchdown ... In the fourth quarter, he bested that with a 72-yard touchdown ... Finished the game with 180 yards on five punt returns, breaking the previous school record of 156, held by NFL Hall of Famer Roger Wehrli (set on Oct. 21, 1967) ... Was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for that performance ... Also added 32 yards on five rushes for an average of 6.4 per carry ... Carried the ball six times against Georgia and picked up 43 yards on the ground for a 7.2 yard average ... Picked up 28 yards on three punt returns and 18 yards rushing against Arizona State ... Recorded his third punt return for a TD on the year against Central Florida, taking one 66 yards to the house to give the Tigers a 14-10 lead midway through the third quarter ... The three returns is a new MU record and ties former Mizzou All-American Jeremy Maclin for most in a career ... Was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time on the year for his UCF performance ... Had one rush for 25 yards before being lifted from the game with an injury to his hand against Vanderbilt ... Returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Alabama, getting the Tigers back into the game ... The return was his first kickoff return for a touchdown in his career and it was a 98-yarder to go along with his three punt-return TDs so far this season ... Averaged a team-best 5.4 yards per carry on eight rushing attempts, gaining 43 yards with a touchdown in the Tigers' 33-10 homecoming win over Kentucky ... Averaged 8.0 yards per carry with 36 yards on four rushes while hauling in three catches for 20 yards in the Tigers' 14-7 loss at Florida ... Carried the ball eight times for 28 yards with a long of nine yards while averaging 3.5 yards per carry in the Tigers' 51-48, four overtime win at Tennessee .. Also had one punt return for 12 yards and two kickoff returns for 45 yards ... Won the team's most improved tailback award thanks to a strong spring camp.
Missed the season due to a shoulder injury sustained in July individual workouts...
Made nice contributions as a true freshman, as he was MU's primary kickoff returner, making 24 returns for 475 yards and a 19.8 average ... Also carried 22 times for 181 yards and 2 TDs overall, including a 69-yard score on the third play of the game at Texas Tech to give the Tigers a quick 7-0 lead ... Ran the ball nine times for 33 yards against McNeese State in the home opener in his first college game ... Added a kickoff return of 24 yards against MSU ... Carried the ball four times for 48 yards against Miami (Ohio) ... Scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run against the RedHawks ... Returned three kickoffs against Miami (Ohio) for 42 yards ... Ran for 15 yards on two carries against Colorado ... Returned the opening kickoff 39 yards ... returned three kickoffs for 86 yards, including a long of 39 yards ... Had one kickoff return against Oklahoma for 24 yards ... Gained a career-high 74 yards on three carries against Texas Tech ... Returned three kicks for 55 yards against Kansas State ... Had one kickoff return for 23 yards against Iowa State ... Had four carries for 11 yards against Kansas ... Returned two kickoffs vs. KU for 40 yards.
An elusive multipurpose back who made an impact in numerous ways for his high school program ... Ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 13 all-purpose back, and as the No. 55 overall prospect at any position to come out of the state of Texas ... Ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 88 running back talent, while ESPN.com puts him as the nation's No. 90 running back prospect ... Was a two-time District 11-5A offensive most valuable player and team captain ... Ran for 1,410 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior, while catching 35 passes out of the backfield for 653 yards and eight more touchdowns ... Accounted for 23 total touchdowns as a junior in 2008, as he ran for 1,274 yards and 17 scores, while adding 41 catches for 524 yards and six touchdowns ... High school coach - Claude Mathis.
Parents - William & Tonnette Murphy ... Lists hobbies as working out, listening to music and playing sports ... Chose Mizzou over Mississippi, Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa State, Utah and Northwestern, among others.
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