Philip Murphy, South Carolina State - Murphy earned the conference's top defensive accolade as a senior when he was named the 1979 MEAC Football Defensive Player of the Year.
During that same year, Murphy was named an All-MEAC First Team selection, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) I-AA All-American, Sheridan Broadcasting Network (SBN) All-American, Kodak All-American First Team selection, Associated Press Third Team Little All-American and Defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl. In 1980 he was drafted in the National Football League in the third round by the Los Angeles Rams. He was also a standout thrower in track and field at South Carolina State. Murphy holds the school record in the shot put at 57-2 ft. His mark in the event was also a MEAC outdoor track and field record from 1979-2007.
Murphy was a four-time MEAC outdoor track and field champion in the shot put and two time MEAC outdoor track and field champion in the discus. He was inducted into the South Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998, the Xavier High School Hall of Fame and is a member of the South Carolina State Centennial (1907-2007) Football Team.