Second-year Saints running back Marcus Murphy out to prove he’s more than just a returner _lowres

New Orleans Saints running back Marcus Murphy (23) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

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Marcus Murphy was on Missouri's campus less than a year ago, a senior Tiger playing a key role in the school's second straight SEC East championship.

But he's a Saint now, a rookie return man trying to establish himself in the NFL, and he hadn't paid close attention to what's going on in Columbia, Mo., this fall, at least up until this weekend.

Murphy was surprised to see the news that the Missouri football team had decided to boycott any football activities until the school's president, Tim Wolfe, resigned in the face of a determined protest against racial inequality.

"I really don't know a lot about what's going on, but I am a fellow athlete that supports my school, and the football team was making a big statement this weekend, so I would be 99 percent in their corner," Murphy said.

Murphy, an African-American, never experienced something like the racially-charged incidents that have driven the recent round of protests.

"I didn't personally experience any of that," Murphy said. "I had a great time at the University of Missouri. The fans, the student body, they were all supportive of the football team and the athletes, so for something like this to happen, it's kind of a shock. I really don't know. Hopefully they get to the bottom of it and get everything settled up."