WCU senior football players Brian Johnson and Quevalas Boom Boom Murray talk about their experience on 2013 SoCon Media Day.
2013 (Redshirt Senior): Started all 12 games along the offensive line, each start coming at offensive left guard ... Was one of just two WCU offensive linemen to start every game ... Also credited with a tackle assist at Virginia Tech ... Attended Southern Conference Media Day to represent Western Carolina prior to the 2013 season.
2012 (Redshirt Junior): Started all 11 games along the offensive line at center ... Was one of just two players on offense to start every game ... Converted to offensive guard during spring drills.
2011 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 11 games at center on the offensive line after converting from defense the prior spring ... One of just three Catamounts - and the only on offense - to start all 11 games ... Helped freshman running back Shaun Warren rush for 200 yards and four touchdowns against Mars Hill.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in five games on defense before converting to the offensive line prior to the end of the year ... Finished with seven tackles along the defensive line including four solo stops ... Recorded one pass breakup in the season opener at North Carolina State ... Recorded two unassisted tackles in the road win at The Citadel ... Tabbed the squad's offensive scout team player of the week prior to the Furman game ... Worked at the offensive center position through the bulk of annual spring drills.
2009 (Freshman): Redshirted.
Prior to Western: Was a four-year varsity letter winner for head coach Chris Norman at Shelby HS ... A two-time All-Cleveland County selection, was named the Southwestern Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior defensive end ... Amassed 94 tackles with 11.5 sacks and six pass break-ups in his final season ... Also recovered four fumbles, forced two and recorded an interception ... Was a part of back-to-back state championship teams his first two seasons, including a 16-0 record his sophomore season ... All told, helped Shelby HS go 52-9 in his four years ... In addition, played every position on the offensive line except center during his prep career ... Was also a two-year starter on the basketball hardwood where he averaged nearly 17 points and eight rebounds per game.
Personal: Full name is Quevalas Monuel Murray, nicknamed "Boom Boom" ... Is the son of Donnell Murray and Michelle Parker ... Has a younger brother, Marcus.