Brandon Murphy
Brandon Murphy


Charleston, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 180




2004 Freshman:
True freshman earned a pair of starts on the year, including a Big Ten start against Minnesota • First Illini freshman to start a Big Ten game since 2001 • Earned a pair of Big Ten saves - his first in game one at Northwestern after throwing three scoreless innings to close out the game, and the second in game two at Iowa, throwing 2/3 of an inning of scoreless ball, striking out a pair to preserve an 8-6 lead • 28 strikeouts rank among Illinois' Top 10 in freshman K's • Struck out a career-high six in career-high 7 2/3 innings of work out of the bullpen against Penn State • Also came out of the bullpen for extended work against Indiana (4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H) • First career start came against MacMurray - threw twoscoreless innings and struck out four to earn the win • Made Illinois debut against Mississippi State, threing one scoreless inning of relief.

Earned 10 varsity letters at Charleston: four in baseball and three each in basketball and football • Owns Charleston High School records for career wins (32), career hits (151) and career doubles (40) in baseball in addition to the school's single game (354 yards) and single season (1,810 yards) passing records in football • Scored 1,000 points over his basketball career and placed fourth in the IHSA Class AA slam dunk contest as a senior • Earned All-Apollo Conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior in baseball, as a junior and senior in basketball and as a senior in football • Between his junior and senior years, his Mattoon American Legion Post 88 team finished second in state • Went 11-1 over the Legion season with a record-setting 0.98 ERA • Two-time Decatur area Player of the Year in baseball as a junior and senior (first athlete to earn the honor twice) and was a Decatur All-Area selection in basketball and football and a senior • Earned Academic All-State honors in football as a senior.

Born March 4, 1985 • Parents are Brian and Patti Murphy • Enrolled in the College of Commerce and Business Administration • A member of the National Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar • Won the American Legion Citizenship Award as a senior • Hopes to continue playing baseball following graduation • Credits his father as having the biggest influence on his athletic career because he "taught me to love, enjoy and appreciate the game. He taught me how to pitch and my approach to athletics."