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No. 16 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-01-12) January 12, 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth: Hartford, Connecticut
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Career information
High school: Wethersfield (CT)
College: Boston College
Undrafted: 2015
Career history

Tyler Murphy (born January 12, 1992) is an American football wide receiver. He played college football at Florida and Boston College.

High School Career

Murphy attended Wethersfield High School, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. He did not have a very good junior season and was not on the radar for any Division I colleges. His senior year, he had a breakout year and threw for over 1,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards.

Also an standout track & field athlete, Murphy was one of the state's top performers in both sprinting and jumping events. He recorded a personal-best time of 37.12 seconds in the 300-meter dash at the 2010 Yale T&F Classic, where he placed 12th.[1] At the 2010 CCC North Outdoor T&F Championships, he captured two state titles, winning the triple jump, with a leap of 15.53 meters (50 ft, 7 in), and the high jump, with a leap of 1.84 meters (6 ft), while also anchoring the Wethersfield 4x400m relay squad, helping them took silver with a time of 3:24.69 minutes.[2] In addition, Murphy also competed as a middle-distance runner and decathlete, recording career-best times of 1:26.20 minutes in the 600-meter run, 2:00.24 minutes in the 800-meter run and 2:38.33 minutes in the 1000-meter run.[3]

Recruiting

Regarded only as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Murphy signed to Florida on February 3, 2010.

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Tyler Murphy
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College career

Murphy joined the Florida team in 2010 as a freshman, but he never got to even make a pass as a Florida Gator until the 2013 season, when he was a redshirt junior. In a loss to Miami in the Gator's second game of the 2013 season, Murphy unsuccessfully attempted a two-point conversion pass. In the Florida Gators' following game, against the Tennessee Volunteers football team, Gator starting quarterback Jeff Driskel broke his leg in the first quarter. Murphy came in and started the next six games, while Driskel was lost for the season. Before this game, Tyler Murphy was little known, but he quickly became popular as Florida won the Tennessee game 31-17. After leading the Gators to a 24-7 win over Kentucky & a 30-10 victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Florida Gators lost their final 7 games of the 2013 season.

During the Gator's homecoming loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores, Murphy injured his shoulder, and redshirt freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg played in Florida's final 3 games. The 2013 Florida Gators team finished 4-8, marking their 1st losing record since 1979 and the 1st time since 1990 that they didn't play in a bowl. Tyler Murphy wears the number 3 on his jersey, and as the Florida quarterback became known for his ability to run with the football.

After the poor 2013 season, Murphy became one of several Gator players who chose to transfer from Florida to a different school. He transferred to Boston College in January 2014.[4] Steve Addazio, coach of the Eagles and former Florida Offensive Coordinator, named him the team's starting quarterback after the school's annual Spring game, which served as a tryout for Murphy as well as the other, younger quarterbacks on the team.[5]

Murphy immediately flourished at the Heights of Boston College; his ability as a running quarterback fit in perfectly with Steve Addazio's rush-heavy offense. Over the season, Murphy lead the team to a 7–6 record, highlighted by a upset victory over #9 USC in October, a game in which Murphy ran for 191 yards. He broke the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback (both single-season and career), passing BC legend Doug Flutie in only 9 games. In the final game of the season against Syracuse, he broke the ACC single-season rushing record by a QB with 1,079 yards gained.

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