OXFORD, Ohio – Columbia City football fans will get the chance to see former wide receiver Jared Murphy play at Notre Dame Stadium this weekend.
“I’m very excited to play at Norte Dame,” said Jared Murphy. “Growing up that was my favorite team to watch so it’ll be an awesome experience to play there especially in front of so many family and friends.”
Muphy’s Miami (Ohio) Redhawks will play Notre Dame 5 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised by NBC Sports.
Murphy says being raised in Columbia City has shaped him as the person and player he is today.
“I was born in Columbia City and raised there my whole life. I started playing football with my brothers in the backyard as young as four or five years old, but couldn’t play organized tackle football until I was 10 years old,” Murphy said.
Murphy may play offense for the Redhawks, but he played outstanding defense at Columbia City. Murphy caught 12 interceptions in his last two seasons at Columbia City and averaged 59 tackles. Murphy also showed his ability to play receiver when he caught 10 receptions for 218 yards his sophomore season with the Eagles.
“My time playing football at Columbia City was special for me. I had a lot of cool experiences that helped me develop both as a person and player. I experienced both success and failure which has prepared me for my collegiate career,” said Murphy.
It was after Murphy’s sophomore year when he realized he could play division one football after high school.
“It hit me after my sophomore year. I had been dreaming of it most my life. Most of the other MAC schools recruited me, a handful of Big 10 teams and some other universities scattered around contacted me. I had around 15 division one programs come in to talk to me but only ended up with a couple offers,” said Murphy.
Murphy’s first collegiate catch came in 2014. He amassed 600 yards in 42 receptions, and scored four touchdowns that season. He continued his success by adding 439 yards in 29 receptions in next season, with a pair of touchdowns.
Last season, the Redhawks (2-2) opened the season with six losses, but then rallied to win the last six games to become bowl eligible, and nearly defeated Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference. Murphy played a part in the turnaround season. Murphy had 553 receiving yards and scored five touchdowns.
The senior has 112 yards thus far in nine receptions this season. He will look to score his season’s first touchdown at Notre Dame.