Murphy joins Bengals after spending 2011 regular season on Colts practice squad ... Durable lineman in college at Nevada-Las Vegas, where he played in every game of his college career, including making 33 consecutive starts at left tackle.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Atlanta as a college free agent on 7-27-11 ... Waived on 9-1-11 ... Signed with Indianapolis to practice squad on 9-28-11 ... Signed to Colts offseason roster on 1-4-12 ... Waived on 5-18-12 ... Acquired by Bengals on waivers on 5-21-12.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011 - Played in first three preseason games for Atlanta, before being waived ... Spent Games 4-16 on Colts practice squad.
COLLEGE: Four-year letterman (2007-10) at UNLV ... Earned Freshman All-America honors in 2007 ... Honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference as a senior ... Won school’s Outstanding Character Award following his junior season.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Lake Forest, Calif. ... Attended El Toro High School, where he lettered three times and was a team captain as a senior ... Played both offensive tackle and nose tackle ... Also lettered in high school in wrestling and track and field (discus and shot put) ... Three-time Academic All-MWC team, and earned spot on Dean’s Honor list in spring 2009.NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Murphy did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2011 because he was not on a 53-player roster, a Reserve/Injured list or a Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list for the required minimum of six games that year.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ new T-Shirt slogan says, “Challenge the Moment.” It’s almost like it was custom made for his quarterback Andy Dalton, but the rest of his roster seeking a breakout year in the postseason also has plenty of challenges:
As the process chugs ever so inexorably to the May 8-10 NFL Draft, the Bengals host their invite-only local day at Paul Brown Stadium Wednesday morning with the most intriguing prospect Cincinnati Northwest High School’s Preston Brown out of Louisville, a projected mid-rounder at linebacker.