By Tony Adams, Sports Editor
The Belton Tigers’ offensive lines have always had a knack at opening holes for running backs and quarterbacks, as well as pass block for the aerial game.
Justin Murphy was one of those offensive linemen who knew where trouble was brewing from on the defensive side and smartly took care of business, opening up the offense for the Tigers.
Now a redshirt freshman at Texas Tech, he is in line for a starting position for the Red Raiders.
The 6-7, 296-pound Murphy is a beast in the weight room, a student in the film room, a business management major in the classroom and is looking to be an impact for Texas Tech and head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Projected to be the opening day starting right tackle, Murphy joins a stout offensive line with big-time size and strength. He will team with senior Le’Raven Clark (6-6, 316), senior Alfredo Morales (6-4, 310), Junior Baylen Brown (6-4, 310) and senior Jared Kaster (6-3, 293) on a line that is expected open holes for quarterbacks Davis Webb and Patrick Mahomes, as well as for running backs DeAndre Washington and Justin Stockton.
Murphy will have some stiff competition at the right tackle position. Poet Thomas, a 6-6, 323-pound sophomore, is expected to challenge Murphy. But the starting position is an opportunity that Murphy will not take lightly.