Has played in 15 games with eight starts as an outside linebacker … Totaled 49 total tackles … Two-year letterman.
Earned honorable mention All-Ivy League honors at linebacker … CoSIDA Academic All-District nominee … Started first eight games of the season before missing the final two contests due to injury … Starting outside linebacker as a sophomore … Ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 42 (16 solo), led the Lions with 6.0 tackles for loss for 30 yards, recovered two fumbles, intercepted a pass and broke up three passes … Ranked No. 25 nationally in fumble recoveries with two … Also ranked among Ivy League leaders in several categories including tackles (No. 22 with 42), tackles for loss (No. 14 with 6.0) and fumble recoveries (No. 4 with 2) … Intercepted pass and returned it 47 yards, made two tackles before suffering an injury vs. Harvard (Nov. 4) … Made four tackles, broke up a pass at Yale (Oct. 28) … Made six tackles at Dartmouth (Oct. 21) … On Oct. 16, named the STATS FCS National Player of the Week, Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week and CollegeSportsMadness Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after he led Columbia with a career-high 12 tackles (seven solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and recovered a career-best two fumbles in a 34-31 overtime win over Penn (Oct. 14) … Notched four tackles at Marist (Oct. 7) … Made seven tackles (three solo) at Princeton (Sept. 30) … Contributed five tackles vs. Georgetown (Sept. 23).
Saw action in seven games as a linebacker and on special teams … Second string on the depth chart at linebacker … Finished year with seven tackles … Blocked punt which was returned for a touchdown at Harvard (Nov. 5) … Made three tackles (one solo) vs. Princeton (Oct. 1) … Made one tackle, registered a quarterback hurry and pass breakup first career appearance in season opener vs. Saint Francis U (Sept. 17).
A 2016 graduate of H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., where he played four years of varsity football for head coach Robert Weiner … First Team All-County selection by the Tampa Bay Tribune … National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award-winner … Totaled 127 tackles (73 solo), 37 tackles for loss, four interceptions and 14 pass deflections on defense and nine touchdowns on offense in career … Recorded 57 tackles (37 solo), 13 for a loss, 11 passes defended and two interceptions as a safety, scored six total touchdowns as a running back, rushed for 191 yards on 26 carries and caught 11 passes for 209 yards and four touchdowns as a senior … Led the Panthers to a 9-3 overall record, undefeated 6-0 district record and state playoff berth as a senior … Recorded 62 tackles and 24 for a loss at linebacker his junior year … Led the Panthers to an 11-2 overall record, perfect 5-0 district record and state playoff appearance as a junior.
Born Michael Jeffrey Murphy on May 7, 1997 … Son of Jeff and Wendy Murphy … Father graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, while mother graduated from the University of Florida … Father played football at Penn from 1978-80 … Began hanging around his high school program when he served as a ball boy when he was a seven-year old … Father and high school coach are lifelong friends who met in the second grade … Committed to Columbia on August 23, 2015 … Enrolled at Columbia College … Majors in Economics.