At his weekly press conference today, Texas Tech head football coach Kliff Kingsbury announced that starting offensive lineman Justin Murphy has decided to end his football career due to injuries.
Kingsbury: OT Justin Murphy is no longer with the team, he has retired due to injuries— Nicholas Ryan Talbot (@NicholasRTalbot) November 14, 2016
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury says OT Justin Murphy is giving up football because of injuries.— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) November 14, 2016
Murphy is a redshirt sophomore who has seen considerable playing time in his career as a Red Raider, earning a starting role this season after his 2015 season was cut short due to a knee injury. Murphy missed the trip to Stillwater this past weekend with another knee injury, and suffered a shoulder injury earlier this season.
This is just the latest case of Texas Tech losing an offensive lineman to injury. Conner Dyer and Cody Wheeler both elected to not pursue their football careers any further after multiple injuries. With Murphy now making the same decision, the depth on the offensive line for the Red Raiders is seriously lacking.
We wish Justin the best in his future endeavors, and hate to see a career cut short by something out of the player’s control.