According to multiple reports, redshirt sophomore Devilbacker Ismael Murphy-Richardson has been dismissed from the ASU football team because of his arrest for credit card fraud.
The story was first reported by Devils Digest and quickly confirmed by SunDevilSource and Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic.
Just got word that Todd Graham has dismissed Ismael Murphy-Richardson from the football team following his credit card fraud arrest.— Devils Digest (@DevilsDigest) January 6, 2016
Ismael Murphy Richardson arrested for credit card fraud. Arrest is connected to Deonte Reynolds/Jayme Otomewo case pic.twitter.com/k6UUUgI1Y4— SunDevilSource.com (@SunDevilSource) January 6, 2016
Confirmed ASU coach Todd Graham has dismissed redshirt-freshman Ismael Murphy-Richardson. Had good chance to start at Devilbacker next yr.— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) January 6, 2016
According to reports, this arrest is connected to the Deonte Reynolds and Jamye Otomewo case in which both players were kicked off the team last month for being caught with stolen credit cards.
Murphy-Richardson represents the biggest loss of the three from a football perspective. As a redshirt freshman, he collected 15 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2015. He was projected to start or at least compete for the starting Devilbacker role in 2016 with the graduation of Antonio Longino.
We will update this story if more facts become available.