Dickson County’s Gunslinger

Dickson County’s Gunslinger

Jacob Murphree threw for 2,664 yards last season at Dickson County High School, and he’s back at it in 2016. Through eight games in his senior season, Murphree has thrown for 2,701 yards, which put him third in the nation in passing yards.

He is completing 59% of his passes and averaging 17.2 yards per completion this season, to go along with 22 passing touchdowns.  He has a 103.9 QB rating this season with a season best 143.7 and a season worst 38.1.

Game-by-game breakdown:

Week 1 vs. Creek Wood – Murphree completed 20-of-35 passes for 342 yards and one score in a tough 30-26 loss. His QB rating was 99.9 and did not turn the ball over.

Week 2 vs. Columbia Central – He completed 20-of-33 passes for a season high 404 yards and six touchdowns while completing 61% of his passes. He also had the best passer rating of the season in the win over Columbia Central, with a 143.3 QB rating.

Week 3 vs. Centennial – This is the game he would like to have back. It was the worst game of the year for the junior QB, as it is the only game where he did not find the end zone. He had not thrown an interception in the first two games of the year, but he threw four of them in Week 3 against Centennial. He still completed 51% of his passes for 332 yards, but zero touchdowns and four interceptions gave him a QB rating of just 38.1.

Week 4 vs. Spring Hill – Dickson County scored 46 points in their loss to Spring Hill behind Murphree’s five touchdown passes.  Despite the fact that he threw for five touchdowns, he accumulated his lowest yardage total of the year with just 291 yards through the air and completed just 11 passes. He almost had as many touchdown passes as he had incompletions, yet he completed the lowest number of passes this season at just 46%. He finished the game with a 130.4 QB rating, bouncing back with a nice game after his troubled outing against Centennial.

Week 5 vs. Brentwood – He tied his season high in pass attempts with 43, and threw for just one yard shy of his season high with 404 yards in a 45-26 loss to Brentwood. He completed a season high 67% of his passes with two touchdowns and one interception, on his way to a 103.2 QB rating against the Bruins.

Week 6 vs. Rossview – Murphree threw for 302 yards on 13-for-21 (62%), an average of 23.2 yards per completion. He added two touchdowns and an interception, totaling 16 touchdowns and six interceptions for the year. His QB rating was 117.7 a week ago in a tough 38-35 loss.

Week 7 vs. Northeast – It was a tough game for Murphree and his Dickson County team, falling to Clarksville Northeast 55-47.  He threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw four interceptions, tying the most he has thrown in a game this year. Eight of his 11 interceptions this season have come in two games.

Week 8 vs. Henry County – It was yet another tough game for Dickson County against the Patriots of Henry County, falling 63-43. However, Murphree completed the highest number of passes (72%), going 26-36 for 308 yards and three touchdowns. While he had the best completion percentage of the season, he averaged a season worst 12 yards per completion, despite a 66-yard completion and a 114.1 QB rating.


He is 3rd in the nation in passing yards with 2,701 with an average of 337.6 yards per game. Dickson County has just two more games this season (Clarksville, West Creek) to add to his passing total. If he continues to throw for around 340 yards per game, Murphree will finish with just over 3,400 yards on the year.

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