Talented wideout who earned starting role during preseason camp a year ago ... made immediate impact on Black Knights' receiving corps as a freshman ... built on that during injury-shortened sophomore year ... emerged as one of Army's top receiving options last season ... saw campaign shortened by injury for second straight year ... lanky physical specimen ... boasts deceiving speed ... productive wideout with knack for finding open creases in enemy defenses ... provides rangy target for Army signal callers ... versatile performer with extraordinary work ethic ... possesses soft hands and excellent route-running skills ... poised for solid senior campaign ... pulled down one pass for 37 yards in annual Black/Gold game this spring ... three-year letterman.
2004: Appeared in season's first 10 games ... drew nine starting assignments ... suffered season ending shoulder injury in home loss to UAB ... entered game as squad's leading receiver ... finished campaign tied for second on squad with 26 receptions ... yardage total of 357 also ranked second ... averaged 13.7 yards per catch ... hauled in two scoring aerials ... registered career-high seven receptions for 61 yards and one touchdown versus Air Force ... followed that with six catches for 54 yards in road loss at Tulane ... garnered four catches for career-high 97 yards at East Carolina ... tied career high with 78-yard touchdown strike opposite Pirates ... that contest marked only reserve showing of season ... ripped down 54-yard catch versus TCU as part of three-reception performance ... amassed 66 receiving yards opposite Horned Frogs ... recorded two catches against Connecticut, Cincinnati and USF ... totaled 40 receiving yards during win over Bulls ... total included 33-yard catch ... amassed 30 yards on pair of receptions in victory over Cincinnati.
2003: Slowed by leg injury during preseason camp ... ailment forced him to miss opener versus Connecticut ... saw reserve duty in three games upon return ... opened with lead cast versus TCU ... started following two contests as well ... suffered season-ending shoulder injury while making spectacular one-handed grab versus Cincinnati ... lone reception opposite Bearcats went for 22 yards ... still ranked eighth on squad with 17 catches ... lofty 14.5-yard-per-catch average topped Black Knights ... saw action in seven contests overall ... drew three starting assignments ... established season highs for receptions in back-to-back games ... caught four balls for 58 yards at TCU before snaring five aerials for 49 yards one week later at Louisville ... drew first game action of season in home date against Rutgers ... responded with two catches for 61 yards ... pulled down 26-yard touchdown strike in game's final moments ... posted three grabs versus USF ... accounted for 21 receiving yards in that outing ... added two catches for 36 yards following week versus Tulane ... registered season-long 35-yard reception against Rutgers.
2002: Became first freshman position player at Army to start season opener in three years ... first plebe to start on offensive side of the ball since Ron Leshinski in 1993 ... cracked lead cast due to injury to starter Aaron Alexander ... filled reserve role in each of final 11 contests ... appeared in all 12 outings ... turned first career reception into sparkling 78-yard touchdown against Houston ... TD strike, on just second play from scrimmage, provided Black Knights with early advantage ... pulled down other catch in home loss to UAB ... averaged 39.5 yards on two receptions.
High School: District's offensive player of year as a senior at Americas High in El Paso, Texas ... played for his father, head coach Jack Murphy ... all-city choice ... led city Class 5A receivers with 654 receiving yards on 28 receptions ... scored 10 points during city's 10th annual East-West All-Star Game ... all-district punter and defensive back during senior campaign as well ... academic all-district selection during final two years ... second team academic all-state as a senior ... earned three varsity letters in football and track and field, and two in soccer.
Personal: Born Nov. 2, 1983 ... given name is Jacob Lance Murphy ... parents' names are Jack and Connie Murphy ... father, Jack, lettered in football at Western New Mexico University ... lists favorite food as banana milkshakes ... majoring in Environmental Geography.
MURPHY'S RECEIVING STATISTICS
Year G-GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Long/Opp.
2002 12-1 2 79 39.5 1 78/Houston
2003 7-3 17 247 14.5 1 35/Rutgers
2004 10-9 26 357 13.7 2 78/East Carolina
Totals 29-13 45 683 15.2 4 78/Houston, ECU
Receptions: 7 vs. Air Force, 11-6-04
Receiving Yards: 97 vs. East Carolina, 10-30-04
TDs Receiving: 1, Several times
Long Reception: 78 vs. Houston, 10-19-02; East Carolina, 10-30-04