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Marcus Murphy Wins SEC Special Teams Award

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Sept. 3, 2012

Birmingham, Ala. - University of Missouri sophomore TB/PR Marcus Murphy didn't take long to get noticed in MU's new conference. Just two days following his record-breaking performance in Mizzou's first-ever game as a member of the Southeastern Conference, Murphy has been named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Murphy was the star of the second half in Mizzou's 62-10 season-opening win this past Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana, as he returned a pair of punts for touchdowns of 70 and 72 yards, respectively. That made him the first Tiger in history to return a pair of kicks for scores in the same game, and his 180 total punt return yards broke the long-standing MU single-game record of 156 set by NFL and College Football Hall of Famer, Roger Wehrli (156 on Oct. 21, 1967).

Murphy's 72-yarder stands as the longest punt return by a Tiger since former All-American Jeremy Maclin had a 75-yard punt return TD in the 2008 Alamo Bowl against Northwestern. It is also the first time since the 2007 season that a Tiger has had multiple punt return scores in the same year, and just the 5th time in school history. Other Tigers with two punt return scores in the same season prior to Murphy include Maclin (2 in 2007), Leo Lewis (2 in 1975), John Moseley (2 in 1973) and Don Smith (2 in 1960).

Murphy, who missed the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury, also carried the ball five times on offense Saturday night, and gained 32 yards, for an average of 6.4 yards per attempt.