UNC Pursuing Long Snapper

UNC Pursuing Long Snapper

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina is looking to add a long snapper to its roster prior to the 2014 season. High on the Tar Heel coaching staff's wish list is Kyle Murphy.

"I would be going in as a preferred walk-on and then once I earn my spot as a starting long snapper, they'd put me on scholarship," Murphy said.

"I'm fine with that. I like the concept. It makes me have to work for it."

Prior to the season, UNC put Mack Lloyd on scholarship after he won the starting long snapper job during preseason practice. However, the senior suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Tar Heels' opener.

Murphy, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder from Ardrey Kell High School, has received similar opportunities from East Carolina and Tennessee.

"[North] Carolina is probably No. 1 right now," Murphy said. "They have a really good business program and I just really like the school. It's close to home."

Murphy attended UNC's specialists' camp in June and later in the summer returned to Chapel Hill for a campus tour. He was back in town a couple of weekends ago when the Tar Heels hosted East Carolina. It was the first game Murphy has attended in Kenan Stadium.

"I thought it was a great atmosphere," Murphy said. "They have a really strong tradition. I like their chants. They bring the whole community out for the game."

Prior to the game, Murphy spent a lot of time with Luke Paschall, a graduate assistant who works primarily with UNC's special teams.

Murphy says that he and Paschall communicate on a weekly basis.

"He just keeps telling me to keep my grades up, stay in good academic standing, finishing the semester strong, and to keep working on the football field," Murphy said.

Murphy plans to return to Chapel Hill for a future football game, but hasn't decided exactly which game.

Outside of UNC, Murphy has attended a game at Tennessee. He plans to attend games at other schools within the region, but hasn't made any definite plans.

Murphy is ranked as the No. 15 long snapper in the nation by Chris Rubio, a national long snapping guru. Murphy also carries a four and half star rating.

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