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Mississippi State Football: Why SEC Offenses should fear Marcus Murphy

In one of the SEC’s most intriguing secondaries, Murphy will be playing centerfield at free safety.

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A freak athlete in the open-field who can cover ground, Marcus Murphy is a game-changer whose immediate impact sets a physical tone on the defensive end.

As a sophomore, Murphy posted 26 tackles, 18 solos, along with two interceptions. Though his season was cut short to five games, Murphy was on track to make a name for himself. Given that he will be the starter in 2020, look for Murphy to have a career year.

Lining up opposite of senior C.J. Morgan, an experienced strong safety, known for being an opportunistic hard-hitter, Murphy has the perfect mentor. Going into his junior year, Murphy will take on more responsibility.

The Bulldogs’ defense prides itself on speed and finesse, two weapons in Murphy’s arsenal. Able to read the quarterback’s eyes, expect Murphy to fill the stat line with many interceptions and defensed passes.

Known to have some of the most prolific offensive talents, the SEC will have plenty to throw at Murphy. Though not as risk-taking as Morgan, Murphy will take chances. If able to keep his composure and stay on track for all 10 games, his playmaking ability will be widely apparent and elevate the defense—big things to come from Murphy.

Hail State!