McFarland Murph joins the Cumberland football staff as a graduate assistant for the 2017 season after finishing his playing career at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va.
The West Columbia, S.C., native earned First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference and Third Team All-Region honors for the Wasps, starting all 10 games at right guard and grading at 92 percent for the season. He garnered First Team All-ODAC accolades while starting 10 games at right guard as a junior, grading at 86 percent, and started 10 games as a sophomore at right tackle.
He also earned First Team All-State honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors and the Roanoke Times as a junior and senior and was nominated for Best Male Athlete at Emory & Henry as a senior.
Murph was voted Team MVP his final two seasons at Emory & Henry. He was named an All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), received the Porterfield Award for leadership and character in 2016 and garnered Academic All-ODAC honors as a senior as well.
He served as a basketball commentator on WEHC, Emory & Henry’s local radio station, as well as serving as co-host and sports anchor at EHC-TV on campus, conducting interviews with athletes and coaches and giving presentations on sporting events. He worked as an intern in the newsroom at WCYB-TV in Bristol, Va., shooting video for southwest Virginia and east Tennessee along with conducting interviews, editing video and writing scripts.
Murph received his bachelor’s in Mass Communications and Contextual and Support in Sports Management from Emory & Henry in May 2017 and is currently enrolled in the master’s program for Education at Cumberland.