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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: McKay Murphy, DT, Weber State

What is your name?

McKay Murphy

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3” 295

What is your position?

Defensive tackle/end

Where do you play college football?

Weber State University

Where are you from?

Alpine, UT

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad. He taught me so much in life just through the power of his example.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Allen Hollopeter

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball until 6th grade and baseball until 8th.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Zach Larsen, Southern Utah

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Brady May, Fullback

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

I never had just one song that I would listen to, but I usually always listened to the Beatles before games.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I like to compare myself to JJ Watt because of his versatility. I feel like I can line up anywhere on the defensive line.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

The biggest obstacle I faced was probably tearing my ACL shortly before my junior season. I overcame it by grinding through rehab, sometimes twice a day. And I couldn’t have done it without the help of my wife and family.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I threw up before every game but that was involuntary. I’ll still count it as a ritual though.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

Probably catching a 2 point conversion against Sacramento State. That or bull rushing a double team for a sack against Cal.

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

We went and helped at a local youth correctional facility a few times and played football with the kids there. That was always fun.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

I never had a favorite, I just loved watching whoever was playing.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

My wife, my daughter Norah, and my son Samson.

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