Former Top 5 national recruit who made an instant impact in 2020, earning Freshman All-America honors from several outlets in 2020 … enters 2021 credited with 51 tackles (12.0 for loss), 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass breakup in 414 snaps over 12 games (six starts).
2020: Freshman All-American according to The Athletic, ESPN, Rivals and the Football Writers Association of America … named ACC Co-Newcomer of the Year by the AP … third-team All-ACC pick by PFF … credited with 51 tackles (including a team-high 12.0 for loss), 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass breakup in 414 snaps over 12 games (six starts) … was the first Clemson true freshman in the Dabo Swinney era to record three forced fumbles in a season as well as the first Clemson freshman (true or redshirt) with three forced fumbles in a season since redshirt freshman Ed McDaniel in 1988 … along with fellow true freshmen Bryan Bresee and Trenton Simpson, their four sacks each tied William Perry (4.0 in 1981), Ricky Sapp (4.0 in 2006) and Shaq Lawson (4.0 in 2013) for third-most sacks by a Clemson true freshman all-time … shined in collegiate debut at Wake Forest, producing a team-high seven tackles (three for loss) including two sacks … he and fellow true freshman Bryan Bresee became the first Clemson first-year freshmen to record a sack in a season opener since Dexter Lawrence and Tre Lamar in 2016, and Murphy became the first true freshman to post 2.0 sacks in a game since Lawrence in the 2016 ACC Championship Game … tied for the team lead with 2.0 tackles for loss among his three tackles vs. The Citadel, also forcing a fumble that led to James Skalski’s 17-yard scoop and score … posted a six-tackle performance vs. Virginia … added five tackles including a half-sack vs. No. 7 Miami … credited with four tackles (1.5 for loss), a sack and a forced fumble at Georgia Tech, sharing team defensive player of the game honors … added three tackles (0.5 for loss) vs. Syracuse … contributed three tackles vs. Boston College … made five tackles (one for loss) at No. 4 Notre Dame … added a tackle vs. Pitt … recorded seven tackles (one for loss) and a forced fumble at Virginia Tech … notched a half-sack in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame … contributed six tackles (1.5 for loss) and a pass breakup in Sugar Bowl vs. No. 3 Ohio State.
Before Clemson: Played for Phillip Ironside at Hillgrove High School in Marietta, Ga. … as a senior in 2019, posted 53 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 of which were sacks … had a fumble recovery and a blocked kick … in 2018, had 55 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks … helped team to the quarterfinals of the state 7A playoffs and the team finished 12-1, the most wins in school history … at the time of his signing, was listed as the No. 3 overall player in the nation by ESPN.com, which also listed him as the No. 2 defensive end in the nation and No. 1 player in state of Georgia … listed as the No. 5 overall player in the nation, the top defensive end and the top player in Georgia by PrepStar … ranked as the No. 5 overall player in the nation by 247Sports, the top defensive end and No. 1 player in Georgia … Rivals.com ranked him as the ninth overall player in the nation, No. 2 defensive end and top player in Georgia … named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution preseason Super 11 team for 2019 … U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection … committed to Clemson on May 17, 2019 at his school’s spring game … recruited to Clemson by Brandon Streeter and Lemanski Hall.
Personal: Born Jan. 3, 2002 … majoring in construction science and management … plans to follow a similar path as his brother, an engineering major, and has expressed aspirations of becoming an architect … enrolled at Clemson in January 2020 … his father, Willard Murphy, played at Chattanooga and his older brother, Maxwell, played at NAIA Worcester Polytechnic in Massachusetts.