Mark Murdock (quarterback)

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Mark Murdock, Jr.
College Texas
Conference Southwest Conference
Sport Football
Position QB
Jersey # 5
Class 1991
Career 1988–1990
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg)
High school Round Rock Westwood
Career highlights
  • 1990 Academic All-Southwest Conference
  • 1990 Southwest Conference Champions
Bowl games
  • 1987 Bluebonnet Bowl
  • 1990 Cotton Bowl

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.

High School[edit]

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 throwing for 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns.[1]

Longhorn career[edit]

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 throwing 2 touchdown passes to bring Texas 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.[2] In his first start against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Murdock threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-32 loss. In the final game of the season against Texas A&M, Murdock again rallied the team from behind. Trailing 28-0 in the 2nd quarter, Murdock threw 3 TDs and led the team to within 4 points before time expired.[3] 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 and being named to The Sporting News Freshman All American team.

In 1989, Murdock came into the season as a starter with a new Offensive Coordinator, Lynn Amadee. Texas started off the season against a difficult schedule. First, in Boulder against national title contender Colorado and then Penn State in Austin. After a 1-2 start, he was replaced by redshirt freshman Peter Gardere.[4]

In 1990, he played in 4 games.


  • 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 (10), 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[edit]

Murdock obtained his degree from the University of Texas in the Plan II Honors Program in 1991. He is currently a Consultant with Univers Workplace Solutions.[5] Murdock lives in Houston, TX and is married to the former Jenny Turner who was an individual and team SWC Champion golfer at The University of Texas and also played on the LPGA tour. Mark and Jenny have three children, Mark, Stratford HS class of 2018, Drew, Stratford HS class of 2020 and Turner, Stratford HS class of 2024.


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