Lydon Murtha is an offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins. He was originally selected with the 228th pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Murtha played four seasons at Nebraska. Murtha is 6-feet, 7-inches tall and weighs 315 pounds.
At Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, MN, Murtha helped pave the way for Nate Swift to rush for more than 2,000 yards. He earned all-state honors as a senior, and Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 4 offensive tackle in the class of 2004. He verbally committed to Minnesota, but chose to sign with Nebraska along with Swift.
Murtha was expected to play as a true freshman in 2004, but suffered a leg injury in fall practice and was forced to redshirt. In 2005, he played nine games, primarily as a reserve. He started three times at left tackle late in the season after starter Cornealius Fuamatu-Thomas was lost to an injury.
In 2006, Murtha played in all 14 games for Nebraska and started three games at left tackle, protecting Zac Taylor, who set Nebraska single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns.
As a junior, Murtha became the regular starter at right tackle before suffering a broken toe on the first series against Texas A&M. That forced him to miss the final four games of the 2007 season. Despite that, he still earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both the league's coaches and The Associated Press.
Murtha missed the first two games of his senior season with an arm injury that stemmed from a staph infection, and a foot sprain forced him to miss two games later in the season. He started all nine games he played as a senior. After the 2008 season, Murtha was selected to participate in the Texas vs The Nation All-Star Classic.
Murtha was selected in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He was waived by the team on Sept. 5, 2009, but re-signed to the practice squad a day later.
On Oct. 20, 2009, the Miami Dolphins signed Murtha off the Lions practice squad.
Murtha's uncle, Glen Murtha, played at the University of Minnesota and spent one season in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts.
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