If you’re worried about the loss of ends Kony Ealy and Michael Sam from last year’s standout defensive line and of Henry Josey from the running back corps, here is some welcome news: Two guys slated to see a lot of action in their absence already are being touted on a national scale as players to watch.
Golden came off the bench to play in 40 percent of the Tigers’ defensive snaps last season and led his position group in tackles with 55. He recorded 13 tackles for loss, 6 1/2 sacks, eight quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one interception, which he returned 70 yards for a touchdown against Toledo.
Murphy was part of a three-pronged rushing attack last season that included Josey and Russell Hansbrough. An All-SEC second-team selection by league coaches in 2013, Murphy accumulated a team-best 1,425 all-purpose yards while recording 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving). Murphy ranks eighth all-time in school history with 3,191 career all-purpose yards.