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Week 1 Athlete of the Week: Nyquan Murray

Wide receiver helps lead Oak Ridge past Apopka

ORLANDO, Fla – Oak Ridge over Apopka was the big upset of week one of the high school football season and Nyquan Murray was a big hero for the Pioneers.

The senior receiver caught the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute left.

In fact, Murray's first game of his last season at Oak Ridge couldn't have been better. He finished with three touchdown catches against Apopka, two going for more than 70 yards.

"That was the most happiest, one of the best moments of my life, beating Apopka," said Murray.

The 6-foot Murray is fast, dangerous and he plays the game with a "catch me if you can" attitude.

"If it's a run, I'm going hit him," said Murray. "A pass play? I'm trying and striving for the touchdown."

"When it's time to put the cleats on, time to put the pads on, he's about business, no games," said Murray's teammate, Oak Ridge linebacker Jonathan Jones.

His teammates love the player they call "Noonie." A year ago, colleges were just getting to know him. Murray had been flying under the radar until he began making huge plays, including a 99-yard touchdown reception against East River.

Once Florida State saw his game film, the Seminoles wanted Noonie in garnet and gold. Murray wanted the Seminoles.

"Great passing team. Great head coach. Great organization. I think that's the school that best fits me," he said.

In everything he does, Nyquan says average is not good enough. That's why he carries a 3.7 GPA in school.