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UW cornerback Byron Murphy declares for NFL draft

Washington cornerback Byron Murphy will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, he announced on Twitter Monday.

A third-year sophomore, Murphy joined junior safety Taylor Rapp in leaving UW early to enter the 2019 draft. Rapp announced his decision the day after the Huskies’ lost to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

Murphy was named the Pac-12 Championship Game MVP this season after recording two interceptions, including one he returned 66 yards for a touchdown. Murphy was also a All-Pac-12 first-team selection and a second team AP All-American.

He finished the 2018 season with 58 tackles, four interceptions, 17 passes defended and a forced fumble.

Lubick resigns

Matt Lubick, UW receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, resigned and is leaving the coaching profession, Bruce Feldman FOX Sports reported Sunday evening.

Head coach Chris Petersen will now be searching for his fourth wide receivers coach in six seasons. Brent Pease was hired to fill the role in 2013 but was let go in 2015. Current offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan then served as wide receivers coach for one season before he left to take over as the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Hamdan returned to the staff this season.

Lubick signed a two-year contract with the Huskies in February 2017. Feldman reported that Lubick was leaving to pursue a business opportunity in his home state of Ohio.

UW will return all its receivers in 2019, including starters Aaron Fuller, Andre Baccellia and Ty Jones. Also returning are backups Terrell Bynum, Alex Cook and Jordan Chin as well as redshirts Marquis Spiker, Trey Lowe and Marquis Spiker. The Huskies signed one receiver, Taj Davis, during the early signing period.

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