The team’s strength only got stronger during the summer, when Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Byron Murphy II hit campus to offer greater depth and another option for the coach. position Good Davis.
Murphy quickly impressed his teammates before translating his production potential into the preseason field, as he appears as a player who will demand playing time this fall despite the surplus of options for Davis.
At the Big 12 Media Days in July, the buzz around Murphy began when junior nose striker Keondre Coburn asked a question about him.
“Man, I was just telling someone about him,” Coburn said. “Oh, it really reminded me of Aaron Donald in a way, he’s probably not the fastest like Aaron Donald, but this guy is the strongest person, just like he ate a dog. He’s like a real pit bull.” “That’s the comparison with a human pit bull right there. He’s strong and wants to work. He’s been working hard every day.”
Murphy continued to impress Coburn in pre-season camp, with the big Texas nose attack speculating that the 6’1, 297 pounds could become one of the best defensive attacks to play the Longhorns.
Murphy, who was already one of the best pass runners in the defensive room, won so many individual reps in the first half of the preseason camp that Coburn claimed he hadn’t lost anything.
But Coburn isn’t the only player Murphy has mentioned: in interviews with Orangebloods last week, red-jersey freshman center Jake Majors and senior defender DeMarvion Overshown praised Murphy for his efforts in practice. Overshown called Murphy “a bolt” and predicted big things this year for Baylor’s former engagement.
Murphy’s recruitment moved quickly last fall – a summer promise to the Bears. he retired from Baylor and engaged in Texas the same day he received his offer from Longhorns in November.
A strong senior season helped convince former Texas staff to expand that offer. In turn, a defender who surpassed the position, Murphy began playing at DeSoto University as a runner-up before making a big jump as a junior, recording 98 tackles, 12 tackles per loss and 5.5 sacks while he forced four fumbles. When he was a senior, Murphy’s overall attacks dropped to 78, but he was even more disruptive, getting 22 attackers at a loss and 14 sacks.
Playing alongside Shemar Turner, the five-star prospect, Murphy’s production never became the highest recruiting ranking given to Turner, as Murphy finished the cycle as a consensual three-star prospect ranked as the number one player. 400 nationally and defensive line number 50., according to the 247Sports Composite ranking.
But, as Daniel Seahorn of BON wrote at the time of Murphy’s signing in December, Murphy’s film was impressive enough for the main limiting factor to be its height. Listed at 6’1, Murphy is on the short side for a defensive attack, but it can actually be an advantage for him: he has the mass and strength to hold the point of attack, even against double teams, because it’s hard for offensive liners to get under Murphy’s pads.
With a sturdy structure, Murphy has strength through his upper body and lower body, as does former Texas standout Roy Miller, and he has enough athleticism to combine it with an engine. strong and allow Murphy to play on the perimeter.
The presence of Coburn and the young T’Vondre Sweat makes Horns have two extremely capable options to face the nose, but Murphy is clearly boosting their playing time and should get some first chances to prove why his teammates team members are so optimistic about their future.