Saline senior Brendan Murphy had a solid junior year at tight end, using his strength to help block, hands to make TD catches, and surprising big-man speed to barrel his way into end zones. With Andrew Diuble and Emmett Turner graduated, that leaves Murphy has the most experienced receiver on the squad - even if he’s a tight end.
Last year, he caught 14 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns.
At a summer scrimmage, when QB Andrew Arbaugh needed a big play, he looked to Murphy. It’s a role that Murphy likes.
“It feels good to be the guy that they look to to make plays,” Murphy said.
Coach Joe Palka said “Murph” is an important player on a young offense that needs leadership and big plays.
“He’s a great leader who does a nice job blocking and who has great hands. He runs faster than he’s given credit for and he’s hard to tackle. He’s a tough kid and one of the studs on this team,” Palka said.
Here’s our Q&A with Brendan Murphy
Parent: Kay Murphy
Position: Tight End
Years on Varsity: 3
What do you love most about Friday nights at Hornet Stadium? Being able to be under the lights in front of all the community.
What’s your favorite football moment of the week? My favorite moment during the week is walking into warmups on game day with my team, the music and lights and atmosphere give off such an energy it can’t help but get you going.
Scouting Report: 6’1, 225-pound big man who can block but also has a pair of hands to help the passing game.
Game day mentality: Focused
Who’s the most underrated player on the team? Kyler Blake-Jones a big tough sophomore that’s going to to start at the O line has a lot of potential and has the ability to have a great year and I’m excited to work with him when down next to him.
Funniest player on the team? Noah Ayers (besides myself of course!)
Favorite Song? I like me better by Lauv
Favorite ice cream: Chocolate chip cookie dough
Favorite subject? Math (calculus)
Other sports: Hockey
College plans? Look to play hockey in college possibly and go into the field of engineering