May 13, 2013
Bronx, N.Y. -
Fordham's Brendan Melanophy, Patrick Murray and Nick Womack were all honored recently by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) as they were named to the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society's seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program, which began in 2007.
"The growing number of schools involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best students on campus as well," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field."
The three Rams named to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society ties Fordham with Holy Cross for the second most among Patriot League schools. Bucknell and Lafayette each had four players named to the society.
Melanophy, a two-year starter at free safety who was named to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, closed out an outstanding four-year career at Fordham this fall. He recorded 41 total tackles this year, 23 solo, while also breaking up five passes and intercepting two.
Over his career, Melanophy made 166 total tackles, 111 solo, in 43 games, with three interceptions and ten pass deflections.
A Business Administration major with a 3.72 GPA, Melanophy was named Academic All-Patriot League in 2012 and was named Capital One Academic All-District in 2011.
Murray, one of the most prolific placekickers in Fordham football history, was a consensus All-American in 2012 and he also received the 2012 Fred Mitchell Award as the most outstanding place kicker in all NCAA Division (excluding NCAA BCS).
The Mitchell Award was one of a plethora of awards Murray received for the 2012 season. He was named a consensus First Team All-American placekicker by the Associated Press, The Sports Network, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Beyond Sports Network (BSN). He was also named the BSN Special Teams Player the Year and received First Team All-Patriot League honors as both a placekicker and punter.
Murray was also named the 2012 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Placekicker of the Year as well as being named an ECAC All-Star at both placekicker and punter. It is the second straight year Murray has been honored by the CFPA as in 2011 he was named the Punt Performer of the Year.
Murray enjoyed the most successful season for a Fordham kicker in school history, leading all of the NCAA in field goals with 25 and leading the Patriot League and ranking second in the NCAA in punting average (46.0). He set a new Fordham and Patriot League record with 25 field goals, shattering the former mark of 18 set by Fordham's Matt Fordyce in 2002. The 25 three-pointers was just one shy of the NCAA FCS record of 26 set by set by Tony Zendejas from Nevada in 1982 and matched by Northern Iowa's Brian Mitchell in 1990.
Murray connected on four field goals of over 50 yards this fall, the most 50-yarders of any NCAA Division I kicker. He booted a school-record 55-yarder at Cincinnati as well as connecting on a 52-yard field goal versus Lock Haven.
On the year, Murray converted 25 of his 30 field goal attempts and 30 of 31 PATs to amass 105 points, ranking third on the school's single season list and becoming the first Fordham kicker to score more than 100 points in a season. He also broke the Patriot League mark of 97 kick scoring points in a season set by Fordyce in 2002.
Over his career, Murray booted 38 field goals, sixth best all-time at Fordham.
Murray, who was also named Academic All-Patriot League this past fall, will graduate with a degree in Finance with a 3.60 GPA.
, a senior defensive lineman who earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors this past fall, was a two-year starter who capped his career in 2012 with 28 tackles, 18 solo, including 5.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also had two quarterback hurries. His top games this fall were a four-stop game at Columbia, which included three solo tackles and one sack, and a four tackle game at Georgetown, where he also added a quarterback hurry.
Over his four-year career at Fordham, Womack recorded 100 total tackles, 69 solo, including 18.5 for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also had two interceptions, returning one 100-yards for a score against Columbia in 2011, and three pass deflections.
A Visual Arts major, Womack received a degree in Visual Arts in 2012 and currently sports a 3.75 GPA in the Graduate School of Arts and Science.