School: Pearl River
Athletic accomplishments: As of Oct. 30, Murphy ran the ball 96 times for 788 yards of an average of 8.2 yards per carry. He has 30 catches for 451 yards, 15 yards per reception average. From under center, Murphy has completed 4 out of 5 passes for 63 yards, 80 percent. He has 1,302 yards on offense for 10 touchdowns. On defense, Murphy has 58 tackles, four interceptions; six pass breakups and one tackle for a loss. On special teams, he has averaged 22.5 yards per kick return and 20.8 yards per punt return. Murphy’s a member of the basketball team.
Academic accomplishments: Murphy has a 90 percent average. He’s undecided as of now onto where he’ll be attending college. He’s on the honor roll and takes honors Math and Science
School and community involvement: He’s worked with the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Pearl River, where his father’s (Dan Murphy) a member. With the organization, he’s dressed up as Mickey Mouse to help hand out gifts to special needs kids during the holidays.
Getting to know Kyle Murphy
The Journal News: Why did you want to play running back?
Kyle Murphy: At first I wanted to play quarterback but the coaches thought running back would suit me better and I’m glad they made that switch.
TJN: Do you like playing two-way football?
KM: I think I like defense the best. Playing safety and just observing the field and helping out my teammates, it’s just the best position on the field.
TJN: With the team’s success and your success on the field, what has this season meant to you?
KM: After breaking my collarbone last season for three months, I knew I wanted to do well this year. It’s been a dream come true for me.
TJN: Do you want to continue playing ball in college?
KM: It’s something I want to pursue. I’ve talked to coach (Michael Oliva) about it but teams right now are in midseason so they aren’t recruiting at the moment. It’ll take some time but I do want to try. There are a few schools I have offers from but not many.
TJN: Do you know yet what you want to study?
KM: Something with business but connected with sports — either sports management or sports marketing. Math’s my best subject in school so I’d want to pursue something with that.
TJN: How do you feel when you are at the AOH giving back to the kids?
KM: It’s great feeling just seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces and everything. Knowing you can give back to them when they can’t do anything for you but can do everything for them, it’s awesome.
TJN: With your last name of Murphy and your father’s first name being Dan, have people come up to you guys after the New York Mets success in the first two rounds of the postseason?
KM: There’ve been a lot of jokes. People come up to me and said your dad had a great game.
TJN: Are you and your family baseball fans?
KM: I’m not but my parents are. They’re Yankees fans.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.