OUTLOOK: Kerry Murphy's long battle play at the University of Alabama became a reality in 2009 ... the talented nose guard saw action as a reserve in six games and registered three assisted tackles and one quarterback hurry as a true freshman ... his size and athletic ability make him a prime candidate, along with Josh Chapman, to fill the run-stopping role of two-time All-American Terrence Cody heading into spring practice.
2009 (FRESHMAN): He played in six games as a true freshman ... has seen playing time vs. Florida International, North Texas, Arkansas, South Carolina, Chattanooga and Texas in the BCS National Championship Game ... finished with three tackles on the season ... had two tackles vs. FIU and one stops against Chattanooga ... also recorded a quarterback hurry vs. Arkansas.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Murphy enrolled at the University of Alabama in January of 2009 ... spent the 2007 season at Hargrave Military Academy after originally signing with Alabama in the spring of 2007 ... received a four-star rating and listed as the No. 4 prep school player in the country according to Rivals.com ... a Parade All-American as a senior at Hoover in 2006 ... The Birmingham News All-Metro Team ... rated as the top prospect on The Birmingham News Super Senior list ... one of 11 defensive tackles on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... rated No. 3 by The Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 players in the state of Alabama ... rated as the 15th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... rated No. 56 by Rivals.com Top 100 prospects ... rated as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 2 prospect in state of Alabama by Rivals.com Top 30 ... named to Rivals.com Super 250 Team ... rated No. 68 by The Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... selected to play in the 2006 Alabama North-South All-Star Game ... a dominant force in the middle, Murphy made 142 tackles and 16 sacks in junior and senior seasons ... as a senior, had 77 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and eight sacks ... added 77 tackles and recorded eight sacks as a junior while leading Hoover to its second straight Class 6A State Championship ... chose Alabama over Auburn, Clemson, Miami (Fla.), and Louisville.