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Eyes Wide Open: Titans Rookie DL Larrell Murchison Watching, Learning, Improving in First NFL Camp


NASHVILLE – Titans rookie Larrell Murchison has kept his eyes wide open during his first NFL training camp, watching and learning from those to his left and his right.

When he walked into Nissan Stadium for Friday's practice, Murchison really got wide eyed.

"It was surreal, really," Murchison said following a scripted practice at the stadium. "You get out there and you're like, 'Man, legends have played here and this is huge. This is the NFL.' So, it's eye opening. But one thing about it, that only lasts for two seconds, next thing you know you have to lock in and get ready for practice. That was my whole process of it."

Murchison, a fifth-round pick out of North Carolina State in the 2020 NFL Draft, is busting it in camp.

The 6-foot-2, 298-pound defensive lineman, is an impressive athlete for a big man, and he's hoping to get the attention of his coaches and teammates in camp.

He's paying attention to his teammates on the defensive line, from DaQuan Jones to Jeffery Simmons and others.

"They're great leaders, great veteran leaders, and they play hard every down, every snap," Murchison said. "They bring intensity. Just watching them and learning how they do things as a pro, routines, it's been great for me. I'm trying to pick up things here and there every day from them."

Murchison arrived in Nashville with some impressive credentials.

He earned second-team All-ACC honors as a senior at N.C. State, when he was in on 48 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and seven quarterback sacks. He was named the ACC defensive lineman of the week for the second time in his career when he had 3.5 sacks at Florida State. In two seasons at N.C. State, Murchison recorded 11 sacks while starting all 25 games he played in.

During his junior season, Murchison earned the team's Cary Brewbaker Award for Defensive Lineman of the Year, as well as the Alpha Wolf Rising Award, which is given to the Most Improved Player.

At the Senior Bowl, Murchison was listed as one of "14 prospects who made money in Mobile" by The Athletic. A month later at the NFL Combine, Murchison did 29 reps in the bench press and posted a 29-inch vertical leap while measuring a wingspan of 79 3/8-inches.

Unable to work with his teammates this offseason because of the coronavirus restrictions, Murchison worked with former Colts defensive lineman Robert Mathis, a 14-year veteran.

"I trained with him and did some good D-line work, cardio, running," Murchison said of Mathis, who racked up 123 career sacks during his NFL playing career. "I feel like it was a lot of good work for me. Lifting day by day in the gym, just working because I knew the process that was ahead. Just trying to focus in and lock in on doing what I can to be my best self.

"(And) he taught me a couple moves. I'm still patenting them up and working on them, but he definitely coached me up and gave me some game on what to look for in the National Football League."

Six practices into his first NFL training camp, Murchison feels like he's settling in, while getting adjusted.

He's learning the terminology, and the way the Titans want things done. He's getting to know his new teammates.

And he's watching film, making correction along the way.

"Every day, no matter how big or how small it is, I know there's something that I can improve on, for sure," he said. "Every little thing that I see and that the coaches see, they let me know and I write it down, and it's onto the next trying to fix it. Trying to fix it day by day. Every rep counts, so I'm trying my best to show that I'm improving on everything that they want me to. Just taking it one rep at a time and getting better each day has been my biggest focus.

"One of my biggest things, and this has always been me, just always focus on one day at a time, taking things off tape and just improving on every little thing. One day somebody will tell me to do this better, and the next practice I want to make sure that I'm a guy that picks up from where I left off last practice. It's a one thing at a time process for me. I'm just trying to continue to pick things up."

The Titans select N.C. State DL Larrell Murchison in fifth round (174th overall) of 2020 NFL Draft. (AP Photos)

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