72 - Jason Murphy Position: Offensive Guard
Class: r-Senior
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 303 lbs.
High School: Edmondson Westside
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
photo Started the last seven games at left guard ... Finished the spring strong with a good spring game ... A physical player who brings good athleticism and footwork to the position ... Started his Tech career on the defensive line ... Enters the fall as the No. 1 right guard ... Is focused on being successful ... Has improved his strength through the athletic performance program ... Will be counted on to help anchor the line this year and provide senior leadership ...

A Talk With...
How will this season be different than any other one?
Well, the main thing is that it's my last go around. I'm not going to say I didn't put a lot of effort into it last year, but I know there's going to be more to it this year. And I will be trying to make more things happen for both the team and myself.

What are you going to remember most about Virginia Tech football?
The main thing would definitely be the guys on this team. We're around each other 24/7 and have spent so much time together.

Is there a coach in particular that you have gotten to know well over the past couple of years?
I got to know Coach [Tony] Ball a lot, especially since he was my recruiting coach. He recruited me out of Baltimore and he was just a stand-out guy. I'll miss just stopping by his office to talk about anything. He was a father-like figure for me.

What do you want to see this team do in the 2005 season?
The first goal is to win the ACC Championship and do it all over again. And then we want to take it to the next level and win the National Championship.

Where can we find you next year?
Hopefully, getting ready for the combine and getting ready to go to a great team.

How about in 10 or 15 years?
I see myself with a family and kids. Hopefully...maybe? If not, making money with football then with property management.

Do you have a favorite memory?
My first play at offensive line which was against Rutgers two years ago and my first game as a Hokie which was for the Arkansas State game my freshman year.

How do you get prepared for games?
I just like to get into my zone. It's just me. I don't see anyone else around me. It's been like that since high school and it will never change.

How do you want Jason Murphy to be remembered at Virginia Tech?
Overall, just a great person. A person who always strived to be a leader and someone who could better his team.

Who do you consider your hero?
Definitely my mom because she's been through so much. But she raised me and my brothers and sisters so well and worked hard to make life better for us.
2004: Played 405 snaps on offense, grading out at 78 percent with 28 knockdowns in the regular season ... Started the last seven games ... Played 40 offensive snaps against West Virginia, notching two knockdowns ... Played 41 snaps against Wake Forest, picking up a knockdown block ... Earned his first collegiate start against Florida A&M the next week ... Played 29 snaps in that game ... Started at Georgia Tech and played 43 snaps ... Picked up a team-high four knockdowns ... Played 27 snaps against Maryland, picking up three knockdowns ... Played all 67 snaps at Miami, picking up a career-high six knockdown blocks ... Posted a 400-pound bench press and a 360-pound push jerk in spring testing ...

2003: Played in three regular season games ... Saw action on 27 offensive snaps ... Missed the first two games with a sprained ankle ... Saw his first action of the season against UConn, playing eight snaps on offense ... Played 16 snaps on offense against Syracuse ... Registered a 390-pound bench press during spring max testing ...

2002: Played in 10 games at defensive tackle ... Tallied two solo tackles and 13 assists ... Also had a QB hurry ... Played 24 snaps against Arkansas State ... Had three assisted tackles and a quarterback hurry ... Played 20 snaps against Marshall, registering a "big hit" ... Had a solo stop and five assists at Texas A&M ... Played 12 snaps against West Virginia, recording a solo stop and an assist ... Played in a jayvee game against Hargrave for extra experience and registered nine tackles ... Recorded an assisted tackle in Tech's bowl win ... Turned in a personal-best 370-pound bench press during off-season testing ... Moved to the offensive line prior to spring practice ... Worked at right guard ...

2001: Worked at defensive tackle while being redshirted in the fall ... Turned in a 340-pound bench press and 470-pound back squat during spring testing ... Also ran a 4.97 in the 40 ... Had three tackles in one of Tech's spring scrimmages and two tackles and a pass broken up in another ...

High School: The Baltimore Sun Defensive Player of the Year ... Was in on over 100 tackles, including 17 quarterback sacks, in 2000 ... Recovered seven fumbles and blocked a pair of punts ... Posted an amazing 60 sacks during his four seasons as a starter for Coach Pete Pompey ... Thirty of those sacks came in 1999 when he helped his team to the Maryland 2A championship game ... Rated the No. 46 defensive player in the nation by G&W Recruiting ... Listed as the No. 38 DE by Rivals ... Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report rated him the No. 35 player in the Mid-Atlantic Region ... Listed as the No. 14 prospect in Maryland by ACC Area Sports Journal and the No. 16 player in the Mid-Atlantic Region by SuperPrep ... A PrepStar all-region pick ... A first-team All-Metro and all-state pick as a junior and senior and a second-team All-Metro selection as a sophomore ... Helped the team to three-straight city West Division championships and 28 wins in the last 30 games of his career ... Played his first organized football as a freshman ... Led Edmondson Westside to the state semifinals his senior season ... Spent time at all four defensive line positions during his career and even saw some limited action at linebacker ... Played lacrosse for one season ... Attended Tech's summer football camp after his junior year ... The vice-president of his senior class ...

Personal: Jason G. Murphy ... Born 8/7/82 in Baltimore, MD ... Son of Benjamin and Anna Murphy ... Majoring in apparel, housing, resource management.