Ever wondered what a Mizzou team that was comprised of only Missouri kids would look like? Or wonder how good an only-Texan Mizzou squad would do? Well, you’re in luck! This offseason, the Rock M Masthead is assembling the best team of Mizzou players by state that they graduated high school from. We compiled a list of the significant starters on every team from the year 2000 on and voted on the best players at their position group in order to create three “All-State” Mizzou squads: Team Missouri, Team Texas, and Team USA. Over the next nine weeks you’ll read about these Mizzou Greats that hailed from the respective regions and, hopefully, come away impressed with just how good these fictional teams could actually be.
Special teams is the oft-overlooked third element of football and one that can help snag a few wins in close games or against tough opponents. Here’s who the masthead saw as the best of those unsung heroes.
It was a thin field for Team Texas, but the choice here was very clear. That’s with all due respect to a guy who provided us with one of the most exciting moments in Mizzou history, of course.
If you recall, Marcus Murphy was on the ballot for the Team Texas Running back spot earlier in the series. It wasn’t really close, but if you look closely at the vote totals there was one vote that kept it from being a clean sweep.
That would be yours truly.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Marcus Murphy because of his ability to flip a game on its head. He was always really good in space as a running back, but as a returner he somehow just seemed to go up a level.
The statistics supported it as well. Murphy left Mizzou as the best returner in school history with 7 total returns for touchdowns, and had a habit of flipping the field with his returns. He had a career average of 23.4, culminating with a high of 29.6 in 2014.
Speaking of 2014, in his senior season, Murphy was the perfect all-around guy that the team used as a runner, pass catcher and returner. He finished with a career high 1,136 scrimmage yards and was a first team All-SEC selection for the second time in his career. Murphy was a key cog in the offense that shocked the world and won the SEC East.
What’s my favorite Marcus Murphy moment, you ask?
Him outscoring the Florida Gators on his own.
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