One of the biggest differences between high school football and Division 1 football is the emphasis on film study. Every practice is filmed, and coaches and players watch this film to focus on details and help correct mistakes that might have been missed on the field.
But how is all of this film produced?
For San Diego State’s football program, that’s where Brian Murphy comes in.
A graduate of SDSU, Murphy was able to get a job as a video assistant with the San Diego Chargers shortly after college. Following his time with the Chargers, he joined SDSU in 2003 as the head video coordinator and has been a huge part of the Aztecs’ success.
His duties include filming and editing practices and games and overseeing the video room staff and operations. Although he works mainly with football, Murphy also assists with the video needs of other sports.
Murphy also coordinates film exchanges with other schools, a crucial part of the in-season preparation for each game. Through these exchanges, he acquires film of previous games of upcoming opponents, giving the coaching staff the ability to study other teams.
Murphy, who says the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl is the most memorable sporting event he has filmed, loves working for his alma mater. Although workdays can be long and exhausting during the season, Murphy still enjoys coming to his office every day.
“It’s not like a regular job,” Murphy said. “Everybody else goes to cubicles, but I get to go to a football field for work every day. Ever since I started here, I’ve loved it.”
Not only does Murphy do a lot for the program, he is also very good at what he does. During his time at SDSU, he has been awarded the Collegiate Sports Video Association Mountain West Conference Video Coordinator of the Year four times (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012).
“Winning that award meant a lot,” Murphy said. “It’s an award that’s voted on by the video coordinators at other Mountain West schools. Any one of those guys is just as deserving, but it makes me feel good that they voted for me.”
For his hard work and dedication to the Aztec football program, Brian Murphy is this week’s Wednesday Warrior.
On top of his daily work, Murphy also creates a football season preview each year. Here is the 2012 edition: