Riders sign former NFL running back and returner Marcus Murphy

Courtesy: New Orleans Saints

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American running back Marcus Murphy.

The five-foot-eight, 195-pound Murphy was selected in the seventh round, 230th overall during the 2015 NFL Draft by New Orleans. Over four seasons, Murphy played in 28 games with the Saints and the Buffalo Bills, amassing 291 yards on 60 rushing attempts with a 4.9-yard per carry average while adding 36 yards receiving on 14 receptions. 

The 29-year-old was also a key contributor on special teams where he handled punt and kick return duties, returning 33 kick-offs for a total 747 yards, 22.6-yard average, and 36 punt returns for 333 yards, 9.3-yard average, and one touchdown. He also spent a portion of 2019 and 2020 with the Carolina Panthers.  

Murphy played four seasons at the University of Missouri, he was highly regarded and awarded for his skills on special teams. As a senior, he was the 2014 Southeastern Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, named to the All-SEC first team, all-purpose and kick returner, and a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award which honours the NCAA’s most versatile player.

Murphy led the SEC with 1,714 all-purpose yards and was the only player in the FBS that season to score via kick return, punt return, rushing and receiving. He finished his senior year with 767 rushing yards, 196 receiving yards, 273 punt return yards, 478 kick return yards and eight total touchdowns.  

Over his four years, the DeSoto, Texas native played 52 career games as a Tiger recording 1,957 yards rushing, 5.8-yard average, 318 yards receiving, 2,036 kick return yards, 23.4-yard average, 801 punt return yards, 10.4-yard average, and 25 total touchdowns.