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2020: Shined in collegiate debut at Wake Forest, producing a team-high seven tackles (three for loss) including two sacks … he and fellow true freshman Bryan Bresee became the first Clemson first-year freshmen to record a sack in a season opener since Dexter Lawrence and Tre Lamar in 2016, and Murphy became the first true freshman to post 2.0 sacks in a game since Lawrence in the 2016 ACC Championship Game … tied for the team lead with 2.0 tackles for loss among his three tackles vs. The Citadel, also forcing a fumble that led to James Skalski’s 17-yard scoop and score … posted a six-tackle performance vs. Virginia … added five tackles including a half-sack vs. No. 7 Miami … credited with four tackles (1.5 for loss), a sack and a forced fumble at Georgia Tech, sharing team defensive player of the game honors … added three tackles (0.5 for loss) vs. Syracuse … contributed three tackles vs. Boston College … made five tackles (one for loss) at No. 4 Notre Dame.

Before Clemson: Played for Phillip Ironside at Hillgrove High School in Marietta, Ga. … as a senior in 2019, posted 53 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 of which were sacks … had a fumble recovery and a blocked kick … in 2018, had 55 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks … helped team to the quarterfinals of the state 7A playoffs and the team finished 12-1, the most wins in school history … at the time of his signing, was listed as the No. 3 overall player in the nation by, which also listed him as the No. 2 defensive end in the nation and No. 1 player in state of Georgia … listed as the No. 5 overall player in the nation, the top defensive end and the top player in Georgia by PrepStar … ranked as the No. 5 overall player in the nation by 247Sports, the top defensive end and No. 1 player in Georgia … ranked him as the ninth overall player in the nation, No. 2 defensive end and top player in Georgia … named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution preseason Super 11 team for 2019 … U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection … committed to Clemson on May 17, 2019 at his school’s spring game … recruited to Clemson by Brandon Streeter and Lemanski Hall.

Personal: Born Jan. 3, 2002 … majoring in construction science and management … plans to follow a similar path as his brother, an engineering major, and has expressed aspirations of becoming an architect … enrolled at Clemson in January 2020 … his father, Willard Murphy, played at Chattanooga and his older brother, Maxwell, played at NAIA Worcester Polytechnic in Massachusetts.

*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide


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