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Myles Murphy is looking forward to finally hitting Trevor Lawrence

Murphy and Lawrence played together at Clemson.

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The Cincinnati Bengals went to warmer weather this week and will play the Jacksonville Jaguars tonight to cap off an exciting Week 13 in the NFL. Without Joe Burrow, the Bengals are large underdogs for the primetime matchup.

For Myles Murphy, the Bengals first-round pick, he’ll get the opportunity to take down quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was college teammates with him while with the Clemson Tigers.

However, while obvious, in practice, you weren’t allowed to actually take down the quarterback, especially given Lawrence, who was one of the most notorious prospects in college football history.

Murphy reiterated that and noted how he’s hoping to get through to Lawrence under the bright Monday Night Football lights.

“I never got near Trevor at Clemson. If you touched him, they threw you out of practice,” Murphy said via Geoff Hobson.

Murphy has seen his role increase with the absence of Sam Hubbard over the last few weeks. Unfortunately, for the No. 28 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, that opportunity hasn’t necessarily translated into much success.

He recorded just his second sack of the season against Pittsburgh and ended the game with three tackles. He is a powerful 6-foot-5, and the team has high expectations for their young defensive end.