|Olathe North's Cole Murphy. LJWorld.|
Weight: 185 lbs.
Matt Nowak, SM Northwest (2007-2009); Dylan Perry, Free State (2008-2010)
The old cliche is that you can't put a price on experience. But it's a cliche because it's held its value over time, especially as it pertains to quarterbacks in the Sunflower League. Murphy began the 2012 season as the starting quarterback for Olathe North, but just three games in he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. There were questions last offseason about whether he could effectively bounce back from the injury, but he answered them with high marks.
In 2013, Murphy led the Eagles to their first Sub-State appearance in three years in impressive fashion. He passed for 1,401 yards and 11 touchdowns, and added 808 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. His performance as a junior sparked memories of Olathe North's great dual-threat quarterback lineage -- which ranges from Josh Brewer to Jon Lamb to Mike McCall to Dustin Moomau.
Murphy can add quite a bit to his legacy in his senior season with the Eagles. The most obvious item that's missing is a state title, something each of the aforementioned quarterbacks obtained at some point at Olathe North. And that's really going to be the measure of Murphy's tenure with the Eagles. It doesn't matter if he combines for over 4,000 yards of total offense as a senior -- he won't go down in Olathe North lore unless he he takes home a state title. But with his experience and surrounding roster, he's in as good of a position to win a state title as any of Olathe North's previous quarterbacks.
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