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Hold that Tiger

’27 second level defenders a stalwart in the weight room; must translate to the field

Gage Chapman has a ton of upside. The 6’0,” 180-pound rising sophomore had a good year as a freshman getting some limited defensive run. This guy has great weight room numbers and showed just enough on the varsity in ’23 that it has a bunch of Tiger fans really anticipating the Fall of ’24.

Varsity Highlights (Hudl)

Murray rife with young talent

Most schools counting the mighty Tiger as its mascot is familiar with “Tiger Rag.” Tiger Rag is a jazz standard first recorded in 1917 which has been the official fight song of the Clemson Tigers since 1948.

Among the more prominent lyrics to the song The Mills Brothers were most famous for popularizing are the following: Choke him, poke him, kick him and soak him! Well, that doesn’t sound too pleasant, at least not for the Tiger.

My favorite Tiger anecdote is an Indian Proverb which says something along the lines of, “The most difficult part of riding a Tiger is the dismount.” That has always been funny to me.

Murray High has themselves quite a Tiger in freshman Gage Chapman. Chapman is 6’0,” and weighs in at 180-pounds and climbing off of him would be quite a bit harder than hopping on his back.

Chapman lists quite a few positions among those he is capable of playing. We believe he is a linebacker, but can see him playing TE or RB too depending on how his frame finishes.

Chapman did most of his impressive, Friday night work at linebacker where he recorded 66-tackles, 2-TFLs, 3-sacks, 1-FF, and a FR. That is really a stuffed stat sheet for a frosh.

Chapman…recorded 66-tackles, 2-TFLs, 3-sacks, 1-FF, and a FR as a freshman

KHSAA statistical website
Head Coach Melvin Cunningham

Chapman bench presses 285 pounds and reps the high school rep-weight (185), 10 times. He reports a squat of 455 and a deadlift of 420.

We haven’t seen a power clean recorded. We won’t be the only ones interested in that lift.

Chapman figures to be prominent in the Tigers’ plans next Fall. Murray is coming off a 7-5 mark in Coach Melvin Cunningham’s inaugural season and the Tiger program is setting its sights even higher. Murray is just a few seasons removed from a semi-finals birth (’20).

Future opponents better be wary of holding these Tigers, especially the young phenom the program is sporting at linebacker. One things is for sure, if the opponents elect to hop on that particular Tigers’ back, they would best be wary of the dismount.

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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