REC Murphy always working to improve himself

Quinn Murphy has been playing football for seven years and it is more than just a sport to him, it means everything.

“Ever since I was a little kid, football has been a place I can escape to when I am on the field with the ball in my hands,” said Quinn. “I have never experienced anything better than being on the field with my teammates who all have the same goals as I do.”

“I hope to continue to play for a very long time because I’ve never loved anything more,” added the receiver.

Quinn says the best part about being a receiver is that the big plays he is required to make can be many different things. A lot of the time, the big play is a critical catch on the second down, but other important plays are crucial blocks down the field to give his teammates a chance to score.

“Blocking isn’t going to get you on the top 10 list, but it is going to win you games and that is the most important thing,” commented Quinn, who says his work ethic gives him an edge on the field.

“I’m never satisfied after any game and I always know I can improve on different things,” said the receiver. “I know I am not the most talented player on the field, but hard work beats talent and I hope to show schools what I am capable of.”

Throughout his career Quinn has played for the East Ottawa Generals, the Bel Air Lions and with the Ashbury Colts. During his storied career, the receiver has earned an Offensive MVP award with the East Ottawa Generals, during his sophomore season he collected another Offensive MVP award along with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions, and in his junior season Quinn collected seven touchdowns in six games.

For his senior season, he will be joining a different Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) school when he makes the switch to the Trinity College School Bears. He will be joining his twin brother in the hopes of winning an Independent School championship.

Despite leaving the Colts, one of his most memorable football experiences came during his sophomore season with Ashbury.

“I was new to the school that year and didn’t know too many people,” explained Quinn. “We were playing at TD Place and I ended up scoring five touchdowns, one interception and recording over 250 receiving yards.”

“It was great to be able to show my teammates and coaches what I was capable of and how much I wanted our team to succeed.”

In the future, Quinn hopes to play football at the next level, whether that is NCAA or U Sports. He is open to any school that believes in him and would like to give him a chance. The thing Quinn is focusing on the most is picking a school that has the right program for him to succeed off the football field.

The future Bear has yet to commit because he still has one more year of high school left and he wants to keep his options open in hopes to be given an opportunity. As far as considerations go, at the U Sport level, he would love to play for Bishops University, Waterloo or Wilfred Laurier.

“I have friends who are playing for each of those schools and I know they all have great football programs,” said Quinn. “Not only that, but my top three schools also have programs that interest me and would set me up for success off the field as well.”

Thus far in his recruitment process, he has been contacted by a couple of U Sports schools, but has not been offered anything. The receiver hopes to be recognized by more schools soon because playing at the NCAA or U Sports level is a goal of his that he has been working towards for a long time.

“I know that if I am given an opportunity by a school I will do everything I can to prove them right for choosing me,” commented Quinn.

The Colt does not see himself having many difficulties when it comes to adjusting to the next level because he is always working on his game and improving. He knows there are always new things to learn and he will always continue to do his best to prepare so that he is able to grasp new concepts as quickly as possible.

“The biggest things I am working on to improve this off-season is my overall speed and strength,” explained Quinn. “Once I have improved in both those areas it will make for an easier adjustment at the next level.”

Moreover, if he gets the opportunity to play at the next level, he doesn’t expect to play right away and is prepared to train as hard as possible to not only benefit the team, but also to continue to become more of a versatile player.

“I will not only focus on the physical parts of the game, but also on the mental component,” said the receiver. “Continuing to learn as much as possible from different coaches and players will be important in my freshman year so that I can prepare at the highest level to go out on the field when my time comes and play to the best of my abilities.”

Quinn tries to model his game after NFL receivers such as Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton because neither of them is very big, which is something he can relate to, but the thing they are both very good at is gaining yards after he catch – something he tries to do whenever he has the ball in his hands. He also relates to them in the sense that neither of them were very high picks in the NFL draft.

“I am no where close to being a very highly recruited football player and I am sure both Brown and Hilton felt like underdogs which is the same way I feel,” added Quinn.

In terms of influential people in his life, his parents hold the top spot because they always do their best to support him in whatever goal he is trying to accomplish. They always tell him that the most important thing is to make sure he loves what he is doing every single day because that is the best motivation.

“My parents taught me to find something I love to do and to never stop doing it. I found that love within the game of football,” continued the receiver.

On the field, his coach at Ashbury College Jon Landon, who played in the CFL, is very influential. Landon knows what it takes to play at the next level and always challenged Quinn to work harder than he ever thought he would be able to.

“He saw something in me when I didn’t see it in myself and for that I will always be grateful,” said Quinn.


Quinn Murphy
Jersey Number: 80
Height and Weight: 6’1”, 155lbs
Teams: Ashbury Colts (CISAA) and Trinity College School Bears (CISAA)
Positions: Receiver and defensive back
Official visits: N/A
Unofficial visits: N/A
Considerations: Bishops University, University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier
Class: 2018

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