There are close to a hundred names on the 2012 Boston College football roster, and all of them have a story. Sometimes, when there are all these players, a few slip past the consciousness of the average fan. Such is the case with Matt Murphy, a redshirt sophomore defensive lineman from West Roxbury.
Murphy came to Boston College in 2010 and “participated in spring practices” while redshirting. He compiled no statistics at all during the 2011 season, and there’s not even any suggestion that he was recruited as a scholarship player.
The bulk of what we know about Murphy comes from high school, where he played for both St. Sebastian’s and Milford Academy in New York. At St. Sebastian’s, he was a tight end and defensive end, whereas at Milford, Murphy was a defensive end and linebacker. He is now listed simply as a “defensive lineman,” but since he was an end in high school, we’ll say that that’s probably his specific position.
Murphy has made at least one appearance for Boston College in 2012, participating in spring football. During the second scrimmage on March 24, Murphy posted a sack. One can assume he appeared in the first scrimmage and the spring game as well.
Murphy does not appear on the two-deep at any position, and barring a big change during summer training camp, he probably will not. Players like Murphy with thin college football resumes, if they get to play at all, typically end up on special teams or as “valuable scout team members.” As such, I do not expect to see much of any on-field time for Murphy this season.