Brothers take next step together, join Gaiters

Bishop’s adds two out-of-province commits to their Class of 2018.

Yes, receivers Quinn and Jack Murphy from Trinity College School are twins, and yes, both are going to be adding their talents to the Bishop’s Gaiters’ receiving core. It’s a good thing they will be wearing different numbers, or this may get confusing.

Quinn Murphy

Quinn Murphy has had his brother by his side during his football career. Why should that change simply because he is going to university? “My brother and I have always dreamed of playing university football together. It is something we have been working towards for a very long time. We want to thank Bishop’s University and Coach Nicolas for giving us this opportunity,” Quinn said.

During his career, Quinn has come across some current and past Bishop’s players. “Everyone I’ve talked to tells me how quickly Bishop’s becomes a second home for students,” he said. “A few of my football coaches went there and talked very highly of the program and the university. Not only that, a former teammate of mine is now on the team and tells me great things.”

By Don Aitchison.

While determining which school was best for him, Quinn was in contact with the Gaiters’ head coach, Cherif Nicolas. “He showed me how committed he was to me, which made me feel very confident in choosing Bishop’s. I feel very honoured to be given an opportunity to play for a great coach and program,” Quinn said.

On the academic front, Bishop’s offered Quinn the program he wanted. He said the school was his first choice since it had sports studies. “I can’t wait to continue my football career at a place that has exactly what I was looking for,” he said. “I believe this is the perfect place for me.”

In his career, the 6’0, 165lbs product of Ottawa, Ontario, played with the East Ottawa Generals (NCAFA), the Bel Air Lions (NCAFA), the Ashbury College Colts (Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association) and the Trinity College Bears (CISAA). In 2013, he was the Generals’ offensive MVP. In 2015, he was the Colts’ offensive MVP.

This past season, Quinn and the Bears reached the championship game. While they lost by eight points, Quinn looks fondly on the experience. “Although we didn’t get the job done, I want all my teammates to know I will always remember the season we had together,” he said. “I will be playing for all of you as I move on to Bishop’s University.”

Jack Murphy

Although Jack Murphy will be heading to Quebec with his brother, he will be doing so because it’s where he sees a future for himself. “I chose to attend Bishop’s next year because they really gave me a chance to show my skills and prove that I can play at this level,” Jack said. “They are a winning culture and with hard work, we will be able to achieve that.”

By Don Aitchison.

Jack, who will also be studying sports studies, has the utmost confidence in the Gaiters’ coaches. He said he believes the team’s excellent staff will help him improve. “I’m extremely excited with the coaching staff and beyond excited to work with them,” he added. “They are talented and want to win. They are prepared to teach us what it takes.”

Also from Ottawa, Ontario, the 6’0, 165lbs slotback and wide receiver played with the Generals, Lions and Bears as well. In grade 10, he was a co-MVP and a championship finalist. This season, he was named as the Bears’ ‘unsung hero.’

“Trinity College School helped me become the football player I am today with the help of my coaches, Dan, Tom Langford and Crawford,” Jack said. “They worked me extremely hard every practice and even in times of defeat, they showed me how football shapes you as a person.”

(Feature photo by Don Aitchison.)

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