First-year QB Maalik Murphy returns to the field for practice

Former four-star quarterback Maalik Murphy injured his foot in Junipero Serra’s state championship game in December.

He was sacked in the fourth quarter and limped off the field with an ankle injury. It wasn’t considered serious, but it caused Murphy to wear a boot for the past few months.

On March 22, Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian noted that Murphy would return at some point during the spring. The freshman was spotted on campus last week without the support device, signaling that a return to the field was near.

Inside Texas’ Joe Cook reported that Murphy participated in individual drills during Texas spring training on Tuesday. It doesn’t look like he was completely cleared as he only took part in throwing drills, but joining his teammates on the pitch for the first time is a step in the right direction.

Murphy will likely have to sit behind Hudson Card and Quinn Ewers this coming season, but with a few years of development under his belt, he could become a future starter. At the very least, it will provide some quality depth to the post.

The 6-foot-5 gunslinger was ranked the 12th quarterback in the nation for the 2022 recruiting class and 13th overall prospect at the state of California, according to 247Sports.

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