QB Murphy means a lot to Boston College

QB Murphy means a lot to Boston College

The legend of Boston College’s record-breaking first- and last-year quarterback is almost as long and winding a tale as the road he took to get to Chestnut Hill, less than 100 miles from his childhood home and into the Eagles’ history books.

It took him to Florida, and one of big-time college football’s most successful programs of the past decade. It took him onto the sidelines of the last big bowl game Penn State played, the 2011 Outback Bowl. And it will bring him and his Boston College teammates to New York City, where they will face the Nittany Lions on Saturday in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

One last time, he’ll take center stage, the dual-threat quarterback in charge of one of the ACC’s most run-heavy offenses.

Penn State’s defense, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation against the run, will stare him down. Murphy, the fifth-year senior quarterback who holds the single-season rushing record among players at his position in ACC history, will stare right back.

After graduating with a telecommunications degree from Florida, Murphy finally got back to Boston College, the school he grew up rooting for all those years ago. He had one chance, and he made the most of it. Now, he has one more shot to show the world, against the best run defense in the nation, how far he has come.

Addazio just wishes he didn’t feel like he was letting him go away still seeming so young, still with plenty of good football to play. And a lot of it to learn through experience.

“He has been a great leader, a tremendous person and a great competitor,” Addazio said. “He has really developed every week in the throw game, because that’s an experience-based thing. This is really only his first full year of football.

“I’m hoping his last game will be his best game in a BC uniform.”


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