The case against Murao
While he’ll have a lot of time to get acclimated to the new Husky offense and have a lot of time with strength coach Tim Socha to make sure his body is right for the rigors of college football, thrusting a true freshman right into the fire, no matter who it is, has its risks. Matteo Mele was very good in Harris’ absence during the 2019 season, so it’s not like Murao needs to be rushed into duty from the moment he steps on campus.
Murao is also 15 months removed from a major leg injury that left him with ligament damage in his ankle. Now, Murao excelled in rehab after being given a 12-month timetable to return, and was able to come back six months ahead of schedule and dominate at The Opening Finals in May, and play the entire 2019 regular season at Mater Dei.
Lastly, offensive line is one of the most physically demanding positions on the field, and has arguably the biggest adjustment period from high school to college. Starting a true freshman on the offensive line usually only happens after major lapses in recruiting and an unlucky slew of injuries. While Murao’s body looks like it could be ready for college football, it’s a huge question mark, especially with a team that has as much talent as Washington.