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.
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Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton made sure Tuesday on the first rep of the wide receivers vs. the cornerbacks in the first voluntary practice of the spring that he set the tone.
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