Only a year ago, Nyqwan Murray was coming into a sophomore campaign after a true freshman season with light production and little playing time. And really the first half of last season went much of the same for the Florida State wide receiver.
But everything changed midseason, as Murray’s production soared and now he has big aspirations for his junior season as as Seminole: He wants to be the No. 1 receiver under coach Jimbo Fisher.
“That’s what I came to Florida State for: I came here to be that guy, that dude,” Murray said per the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m ready to take that next step to be that guy that Jimbo wants me to be.”
Murray caught only six passes for 65 yards as a freshman, coming out of the game in 2016 with similarly small numbers — five catches for 46 yards in three games — before not having a catch in in four straight games. Then he erupted for six catches, 96 yards and a touchdown against Clemson, setting the tone for the rest of his season.
Murray would finish the year with 27 catches for 441 yards and five touchdowns, all of which came in the final six games. He saved his best for last, scoring two touchdowns on two receptions for 104 yards against Michigan in the Orange Bowl. One score went for 92 yards and the other was the game-winning grab, leaving quite the mark on the season.
“I like what I’ve seen out of him,” Fisher said. “He’s understanding that mentality so much better, which is allowing him to play a lot more consistently. The guy can do a lot of things. He’s a great player.”