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Murphy’s excellence keys SRV

JP Murphy lines up against Las Lomas on March 13, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
JP Murphy lines up against Las Lomas on March 13, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Football success is in JP Murphy’s blood.

Murphy, a senior tight end and defensive end at San Ramon Valley, is around numerous family members who made it to the next level. His father, John, was a receiver at San Jose State. His brother got Division II opportunities.

They showed the way for Murphy, who, just like them, signed his letter of intent to play college football at San Diego State.

“My dad was there every step of the way with me,” Murphy said. “He’s really helped me focus on what was important and making sure that I got the best education possible before the football part.”

He only started playing football three years ago, but Murphy’s shine came quick.

Part of the Wolves’ North Coast Section championship squad in 2018 when he was a sophomore, Murphy accounted for 273 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 14 snags, sprinkling in four games of 30-plus yards and one of 69 yards.

“Probably say after my sophomore year is when I really started to fall in love with the game and I really wanted to learn and get better every day,” Murphy said.

One year later, Murphy really took the Bay Area by storm.

Murphy was a first team all-league selection at tight end and a second team all-league selection as a defensive end in a loaded East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division, finishing with a team-high 476 receiving yards, eight touchdowns, four sacks and one interception.

All of these performances helped Murphy land scholarship offers from Arizona State, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, San Jose State, UC Davis, UNLV, USC and William & Mary before choosing San Diego State.

“It was a really tough choice,” Murphy said. “I had a lot of really good offers from a lot of really good places, but SDSU just seemed to fit me the best.”

While the talent was always there, Murphy said he really focused on taking control as a captain and leader entering his senior campaign.

And Murphy wants to go undefeated before becoming an Aztec, which he’s done so thus far, lifting SRV to a 2-0 record while leading the team in receiving yards (144).

“I want probably as many sacks as touchdowns and I want to win all six games,” Murphy said.

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