Senior TB Marcus Murphy
July 7, 2014
COLUMBIA - Mizzou Football was represented on two preseason watch lists for national awards on Monday, with senior DE Markus Golden (St. Louis, Mo.) and senior TB Marcus Murphy (DeSoto, Texas) being named to the 20th Annual Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the 2014 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, respectively.
Golden was arguably Mizzou's most productive defensive end in 2013, playing in 40 percent of the team's defensive snaps, but leading his position group in tackles with 55 stops. He recorded 13 tackles-for-loss and 6.5 sacks, as well as eight quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. Golden also snagged a highlight reel interception in the 38-23 win vs. Toledo (Sept. 7), returning it 70 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67. The full watch list can be seen here.
Murphy was an All-SEC Second Team selection by league coaches last season after accumulating a team-best 1,425 all-purpose yards. He recorded 10 total touchdowns, with nine coming on the ground and one through the air. With 3,191 career all-purpose yards entering his final season wearing the Black & Gold, Murphy ranks eighth all-time in school history in that category.
The Hornung Award, now in its fifth season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung, the Golden Boy. The full watch list can be found here.
Mizzou Football fans are reminded that remaining 2014 season tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Thursday, July 10 at 6 p.m. CT, with online-only sales that evening at mutigers.com/buytickets. The next morning, Friday, July 11, beginning at 8 a.m., fans may also purchase season tickets by phone (1-800-CAT-PAWS or 884-PAWS in mid-Missouri), in person at the Mizzou Arena ticket office, or online. More ticket information can found here.
The Tigers kick off the 2014 season at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field vs. South Dakota State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
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