Ryan Murphy has spent much of the preseason turning heads in practice for the Oregon State secondary. He joined Chad on Flight 750 Wednesday to talk about his great preseason start and his hopes for the upcoming season in the Pac-12.
“The off-season was great. I got stronger, a little bit faster, more powerful, more explosive…I feel like everything on our team improved in some subject of the game -mental or physical. And we’re just ready to display what we can do.”
Murphy also talked about the tragic loss he faced a year-and-a-half ago when his teammate and best friend Fred Thompson collapsed and died because of an enlarged heart that had not been detected.
“The loss was hard. I just told myself I can either go one way or the other. I could either be in the tank and not be focused school-wise, or I could live my life in his name. I could be a better person, better player, better student, just to make my best friend happy.”
And Murphy insists that he has a lot to prove this year, because he’s not just playing for himself and his own family, he’s playing for his best friend too.
“I feel like I play for his family. I play for my family. I feel like I have to do well in school for our families. At this point, I can’t let anybody down. I have to better myself every day, every decision, every moment. That way when people look at me, they see Fred.”
Take a listen to the great interview and be sure to stay tuned in to 750thegame for any new developments involving the Beavers or the Pac-12.