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Recruiting day - Murphy's ship docks at Navy

February 08, 2001

Recruiting day - Murphy's ship docks at Navy



From staff and wire reports

Hancock's Allen Murphy signed a national letter of intent to play football at the United States Naval Academy on Wednesday, making him just the second player in the school's history to play at the Division I level.

Other area players who signed letters Wednesday include Greencastle-Antrim's Mike Jemison (Pittsburgh); Mercersburg Academy's Kyle Fields (Bucknell), Tugger Zema (Villanova) and Frederick's Akil Patterson (Maryland).

Murphy, an All-Washington County first team and Herald-Mail All-Area second team selection as a tight end, will be the first Hancock player to play D-I football since Mike Imphong went to Maryland in the mid-1960s, according to Hancock football coach Bill Sterner.

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Jemison, The Herald-Mail Offensive Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000, enrolled at Pittsburgh in January and technically counted against the Panthers' 25-man recruiting limit last year.

Jemison led the Tri-State area with 1,696 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns. He capped off his high school career by scoring seven times against Mechanicsburg.

Fields, a Herald-Mail All-Area first team selection the last two years, threw for 5,744 yards and 57 touchdowns in his three years with the Blue Storm.

He passed for 2,390 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2000.

Zema had 46 catches for 791 yards and 11 touchdowns in his post-graduate season for the Blue Storm. He also intercepted five passes, returning one for a touchdown, as a defensive back.

Larson, a Herald-Mail All-Area second team pick as a defensive lineman, anchored the Blue Storm's young offensive line. Defensively, he had 36 tackles and three sacks.

Patterson, a Herald-Mail All-Area first team selection as a defensive lineman, also played both sides of the ball in his senior season for the Cadets. He received honorable mention on the Associated Press All-State team as a senior and was an All-Central Maryland Conference selection the last two years.

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