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41  Brian Murphy
Brian Murphy

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Big Stone Gap, Va.

High School:
Powell Valley

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 220

Position:
Fullback

Experience:
SQ


Looks to put himself in contention at fullback and on special teams ... Saw his first varsity action last season ... Moved to fullback in the spring of 2009 after two years at linebacker ... Has displayed the ability to move the ball well as a runner or pass catcher ... Shows good attitude and work ethic in practice ... Third member of the family to play football at Kentucky, along with father, Pat, and older brother, Sean.

2009 (Sophomore): Played in two games, UK's victories over Miami (Ohio) and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

2008 (Redshirt Freshman): Was named the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week prior to the Florida game ... Participated in UK's junior-varsity win over Fork Union Military Academy ... In the JV game he caused a fumble that was recovered by the Wildcats and set up a field goal.

2007 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Earned Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week honors prior to UK's victory over Kent State.

High School: Was a four-year starter for three-consecutive Phil Robbins' coached district championship teams ... Played linebacker and fullback ... Team was also a two-time regional champion and the state runner-up in his sophomore season ... Best game featured 12 tackles and a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown, as well as 98 yards rushing and a score against Breathitt County ... As a senior was named first-team all-district and second-team All-Southwest Virginia as a linebacker ... Named second-team all-district as a junior as both a linebacker and running back ... Was also a four-year letterwinner in both track and baseball ... Named first-team all-district and all-region as a senior outfielder for the baseball team and first-team all-district and all-region as a shot-putter in track ... Member of the Spanish Club and was chosen for the school's Gifted and Talented honor.

Personal: Born in Big Stone Gap, Va. ... Son of Pat and Nora Murphy ... Pat played football for UK in the early 1970s ... Nora ran track at East Tennessee State from 1973-76 ... Brother, Sean, was a member of the UK football team from 2003-07 ... Major is plant and soil science.

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