In his locker, several photos of an offensive left tackle are on display for Steve Michaelsen to see. The biggest is a high school magazine cover of Kyle Murphy, whose job Friday night is to keep Michaelsen off the quarterback.
Michaelsen isn't the one who hung up all the pictures of Murphy. Newport Harbor defensive line coach Danny Pulido put them up at the start of the week.
At first, Michaelsen laughed to himself when he first saw the San Clemente senior in his locker. Pulido finds ways to push Michaelsen, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end.
The scouting report on Murphy is also in the locker. From just looking at the photos, Michaelsen quickly figured out that Murphy is bigger than he is.
"He's going to be a really good test to see if I'm ready for the next level because he has [college] offers [everywhere]," Michaelsen said of Murphy, who is two inches taller and 35 pounds heavier than Michaelsen. "He can go to any school he wants to, really.