Twin edge rushers from North Texas commit to transfer to UCLA
UCLA got better at the point of attack Monday.
The Bruins received commitments from North Texas transfer defensive ends Gabriel Murphy and Grayson Murphy. The twin brothers announced their commitment on Twitter. They chose UCLA over offers from USC, Oregon State, Penn State, and Nebraska, among others. Both brothers could play up to three seasons for the Bruins.
— MURPH (@GabrielMurphy_) March 7, 2022
The Murphy brothers are both edge rushers listed at 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds.
Grayson Murphy started 12 games last season for the Mean Green and recorded 38 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. During the 2020 season, Murphy appeared in seven of UNT’s 10 games (two starts), putting up 19 tackles, four TFLs, and three sacks.
Gabriel Murphy started 13 games last season and totaled 52 tackles, 12 TFLs, seven sacks, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He had a team-best 4.5 sacks in seven appearances the season prior.
They’re significant pickups for a Bruin defense that both needs to see an improved pass-rush in 2022 and needs to replace significant pieces in that department. Mitchell Agude, expected to be a leader in that regard, entered the transfer portal last month.
The Murphy brothers graded out as the No. 1 (Grayson) and No. 3 (Gabriel) qualified pass-rushers in the C-USA last season, according to PFF. Grayson earned a 91.2 grade while Gabriel earned a 90.4 grade. Both ranked among the 20 best edge rushers in all of college football last season, per PFF. Grayson had the 12th-best grade among qualified edge rushers, Gabriel the 18th.