2016: Murphy was a backup outside linebacker and played on special teams as a first-year freshman in 2016. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 6 tackles and a fumble recovery. He had 1 tackle versus Utah State and Arizona State and 2 stops against Arizona (with the fumble recovery) and Notre Dame. He won USC’s 2016 Defensive Service Team Player of the Year Award.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2015 Prep Star All-American as a senior defensive end at Brophy Prep in Phoenix (Ariz.). He had 30 tackles, including 5 for losses (with 2 sacks), and 2 deflections in 2015 despite being bothered all season with a groin injury that required surgery and limited him to playing in just 7 games.
As a junior in 2014, he had 71 tackles, including 8.5 for losses (with 1.5 sacks), plus 4 deflections and 2 fumble recoveries.
He had 10 tackles (1 for a loss) and a deflection as a sophomore in 2013.
He also threw the shot put and discus on Brophy Prep’s track team.
PERSONAL: He is a communication major at USC with a B average (3.23 GPA). His brother, Trent, was a consensus All-American outside linebacker at Stanford (2010-13) and now plays for the Washington Redskins. His sister, Kayli, played women’s basketball at Arizona State (2007-10) and competed in the 2011 Miss Arizona USA pageant.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH CONNOR MURPHY