Nov. 12, 2012
For the seventh time this season, and the fifth straight week he has been eligible, Fordham senior kicker Patrick Murray (Mahwah, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) was named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week it was announced today. Additionally, Murray was also named Punt Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).
In a 36-27 win over Lafayette College on Jack Coffey Field on Saturday, Murray connected on both field goal attempts, converting kicks from 31 and 25 yards to bring his season total to 23, adding to his Fordham and Patriot league records for most field goals in a season. He snapped the previous school and League mark of 18 set by Matt Fordyce in 2002.
Murray's also punted five times for 242 yards against Colgate, an average of 48.4 yards/punt, downing three of the five inside the Leopards' 20, and sent four of his seven kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
On the year, Murray is 23-of-26 in field goal attempts, with four field goals of 50 yards or longer. He leads all of the NCAA Division in field goals with 23 and in field goals/game (2.30) and has the most 50-yarders of any NCAA Division I kicker. Murray also leads the League in kick scoring, averaging 9.3 points/game, tied for ninth best in the NCAA FCS.
Murray leads the NCAA FCS in punting, averaging 46.2 yards/punt, with 18 punts of 50 yards or longer, and has 41 touch backs on 63 kickoffs.
Against Colgate, Koonce gained 189 yards on 31 carries with one touchdown and he caught two passes for 22 yards.
With his 189 rushing yards Koonce brings his season total to 1,364, the third best single season total in Fordham history. He is just 113 yard shy of Kirwin Watson's school record of 1,477 yard set in 2003. The game was his third straight 100-yard game and his seventh of the season (Watson holds the record with eight 100-yard games which he accomplished in both 2002 and 2003).
Koonce is ranked second in the Patriot League and sixth in the NCAA FCS in rushing yards/game (136.4).
Wetzel caught three passes for 100 yards on Saturday, including an 89-yard scoring strike, the fifth longest pass play in Fordham history. The longest was a 98-yard play from Skelton to Asa Lucus.
Wetzel now has 855 receiving yards this fall, the eighth best single season at Fordham, while his 58 receptions this year is the seventh best total in school history.
Chapman made three tackles in the Lafayette game but his biggest contribution was a 64-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter that gave the Rams a 31-20 lead.
On the year, Chapman has 27 total tackles, 18 solo, along with one interception and four pass deflections.
The Rams close out the 2012 season on Saturday, November 17, as they host the Colgate University Raiders on Jack Coffey Field at 1:00 p.m.