After shining in the New Year's Six Orange Bowl, FSU's "Noonie" Murray is primed to have a big year in 2017 as he takes on the role of being a full-time starter.
Here are the rising junior's stats from the final 5 games of 2016:
✔16 receptions, 300 yards, 4 TD
First off, let's clarify that Murray wasn't in the starting lineup for every game of the stretch mentioned above, so he compiled these stats primarily as a backup...again, in 5 games. It's not just the way that Murray plays which makes me high on him though. It's the fact that unlike a lot of players, he won't take himself out of the game mentally following a costly mistake. For example, after fumbling a punt inside the FSU 5 early in the Orange Bowl, Noonie responded in a big way the very next drive, as he torched the nation's #1 rated pass defense for a 92-yard TD. That was one his two total catches in the game against Michigan. By the way, both of them went for scores, including the game-winner, which occurred during a dramatic final minute of play. Hopefully Noonie can ride the momentum of this performance into 2017. I may be jumping the gun just a bit, but the guy's an absolute stud.
And now that WRs such as Travis Rudolph and Kermit Whitfield have departed, this will be the Seminoles' new-look receiving corps:
Nyqwan Murray | Slot
Auden Tate | WR
Keith Gavin | WR
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