Freshman DE Myles Murphy doesn’t get quite the amount of recognition that he should receive from the Clemson football faithful.
There’s plenty of talent, depth and experience along the Clemson football defensive line.
Despite all of those veterans and the returning talent, one player that Clemson football fans shouldn’t sleep on in terms of the rotation this season is DE Myles Murphy.
Murphy, an early enrollee, was a 5-star DE coming out of high school and has stepped right in and made an immediate impact. When looking at the defensive ends, he’s the tallest in the group and even makes some of those veterans- who have been in the system for years- small compared to his size.
In addition to Murphy’s impressive size and measurables, he also shows a quick step and nice explosiveness out of his stance.
All of things combined show us that the talented freshman didn’t enroll early so he can redshirt. Instead, Murphy is going to earn quality playing time in his first season with the Clemson football program.
In terms of the depth chart, Murphy is currently fifth. The Tigers have four returning veterans who played a lot last season in Xavier Thomas, Justin Foster, K.J. Henry and Justin Mascoll. All four of those guys will compete for the starting spots and then will get the first shot at being solidified second-stringers.
Even with several talented bodies listed above him on the depth chart, there’s no doubt that the coaching staff will work to get Murphy on the field.
As the spring progresses, don’t be surprised when you hear the name ‘Myles Murphy’ more and more as coaches talk about outstanding performers during camp. He has first-round capability and that will be on display very early in his career.
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