Murphy was inserted into the starting lineup as a defensive back early in his freshman season, and was a fixture at cornerback for the rest of his Hall of Fame career. As an individual, Murphy accumulated a vast number of awards and honors, including All Colonial/Patriot League first team (4 years), All New England (2 years), All ECAC (2 years), All American (3 years - first team selection as a senior), Sports Illustrated National Player of the Week (October 1, 19988 vs. Harvard), and the Bulgar Lowe Award as New England Defensive Player of the Year (1989). His great individual accolades contributed to the remarkable record his teams posted -- as the Crusaders were 40-4 during his four seasons, including league crowns in 1986, 1987 and 1989, and Lambert Cups, emblematic of East's top 1-AA squad, an unsurpassable four consecutive years. Murphy had 28 interceptions for his career, graduating as the career leader not only at Holy Cross, but in New England an in the nation (I-AA) as well. Following his senior season Murphy was selected as the New England (Male) Athlete of the Year, an award which encompasses all levels of collegiate competition in all sports.