Mark Murdock (quarterback)
|Mark Murdock, Jr.|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||192 lb (87 kg)|
|High school||Round Rock Westwood|
Mark Murdock, Jr is a former American football quarterback. He was the starting quarterback of the Texas Longhorns in 1988-89. He set several records for a freshman quarterback at Texas in 1988, but lost the starting job to Peter Gardere in 1989.
Murdock played football at Westwood High School in Round Rock just outside Austin. He led the team to an 8-2 record and was a top 30 recruit for the state of Texas in 1987.
After redshirting his freshman year in 1987, Murdock shared playing time with senior Shannon Kelley in 1988. He replaced Kelley in wins over New Mexico and North Texas early in the season. In the 6th game of the season, after replacing Kelley, Murdock rallied Texas from a 24-3 third quarter deficit to within striking range, but the Razorbacks intercepted him with 2:10 remaining to preserve a 27-24 win. Nonetheless, Murdock played well enough to earn the starting job for the rest of the season. His first start against Texas Tech was a demoralizing loss, wherein Texas blew a 17 point, 4th quarter lead to lose 33-32. The team went 1-4 with Murdock as the starter, with the only win coming on the road against TCU. In the final game of the season against Texas A&M, Murdock again rallied the team from behind only to come up short. Trailing 28-0 in the 2nd quarter, Murdock threw 3 TDs and led the team to within 4 points before time expired. The season was Texas' worst since 1956. Nonetheless, Murdock played well enough to set freshman records at Texas for single-season passing TDs, single game passing TDs and single-season passing yards.
In 1989, Murdock came into the season as a starter. He led the team to losses against Colorado and Penn State and beat an SMU team still recovering from the "death penalty". After the 1-2 start, he was replaced by redshirt freshman Peter Gardere. He saw action in only one more game that season against TCU.
In 1990, he played in only 4 games, throwing only three passes and being sacked once. With one year of eligibility remaining, he chose not to return for his final season. He finished with a career record of 2-6 as a starter.
- UT-Passing by a freshman, game (326), surpassed by Shea Morenz in 1993
- UT-Passing by a freshman, season (1,189), surpassed by Peter Gardere in 1989
- UT-Touchdown passes by a freshman, season (5), surpassed by Morenz in 1993
- UT-Longest pass play by a freshman (76 yards), broke own record, surpassed by Major Applewhite in 1998
Life After Football
- Freeman, Denne H. (11 February 1987). "Ags Get Big Haul On Recruiting Day Outbattle UT For Randy Simmons". The Kerrville Times. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
- "UT redshirt freshman given QB job". The Paris News. Paris Texas. Oct 18, 1988. Retrieved Jan 1, 2014.