Fordham's Murray Captures Multiple FCS Weekly Honors

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Fordham's Michael Martin
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Fordham's Michael Martin
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Oct. 10, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Fordham senior punter/placekicker Patrick Murray had yet another huge game on Saturday against Georgetown, and has reaped the rewards with weekly awards from three different organizations in the past three days.

Murray's haul was highlighted by the National Special Teams Player of the Week award from The Sports Network, making him the second Patriot Leaguer this season honored by the most respected news source in the Football Championship Subdivision. Murray was also named the Special Teams Player of the Week by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the National Placekicker of the Week by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).

Murray converted all three field goal attempts and averaged 47.8 yards on eight punts in Fordham's 38-31 win over Georgetown on Saturday. He hit field goals from 30, 44 and 43 yards in the first half to stake Fordham to a 16-10 lead at intermission, and had a long punt of 59 yards with one inside the 20 in the game. Murray also recorded touchbacks on five of his seven kickoffs. He leads the FCS in field goals made this season (12-of-14), and stands third in the nation with a 46.22 punting average.

Two other Patriot Leaguers earned recognition as well. Lehigh senior tight end Jamel Haggins was named the National Performer of the Week at his position by CFPA after hauling in five catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns against Columbia. Fordham senior linebacker Michael Martin, who was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, earned the same honor from the ECAC for his 18-tackle outing in the win over Georgetown.

A full list of Patriot League football student-athletes that have received national or regional FCS weekly honors in 2012 is included below.

Week 6 (Games of Oct. 4-6)
Patrick Murray, Fordham: Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week; CFPA National Placekicker of the Week; ECAC Special Teams Player of the Week
Jamel Haggins, Lehigh: CFPA National Tight End of the Week
Michael Martin, Fordham: ECAC Defensive Player of the Week

Week 5 (Games of Sept. 27-29)
Gavin McCarney, Colgate: CFPA National Performer of the Week and National Quarterback of the Week; College Sports Journal/GameWornUniforms.com National Offensive Player of the Week

Week 4 (Games of Sept. 20-22)
Billy Boyko, Lehigh: Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week; College Sports Journal/GameWornUniforms.com National Defensive Player of the Week, ECAC Defensive Player of the Week; MNYFWA Defensive Player of the Week
Matt MacZura, Georgetown:: ECAC Special Teams Player of the Week; MNYFWA Special Teams Player of the Week

Week 3 (Games of Sept. 13-15)
Nigel Muhammad, Lehigh: CFPA National Defensive Player of the Week and National Linebacker of the Week
Carlton Koonce, Fordham: ECAC Offensive Player of the Week; MNYFWA Offensive Player of the Week
Jeremy Moore, Georgetown: CFPA National Defensive Back of the Week; MNYFWA Defensive Player of the Week
Darius Safford, Lafayette: CFPA National Defensive Back of the Week
Kevin Macari, Georgetown: CFPA National Punt Returner of the Week

Week 2 (Games of Sept. 6-8)
Patrick Murray, Fordham: College Sports Journal/GameWornUniforms.com National Special Teams Player of the Week; CFPA National Placekicker of the Week; ECAC Honorable Mention; MNYFWA Special Teams Player of the Week
Robert McCabe, Georgetown: MNYFWA Defensive Player of the Week

Week 1 (Games of Aug. 30-Sept. 1)
Patrick Murray, Fordham: CFPA National Placekicker of the Week; MNYFWA Special Teams Player of the Week
Robert McCabe, Georgetown: MNYFWA Defensive Player of the Week