Fordham's Murray Earns Consensus All-America Status

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Fordham senior placekicker Patrick Murray
Fordham senior placekicker Patrick Murray

Dec. 19, 2012

Walter Camp FCS All-America Team

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Fordham senior placekicker Patrick Murray became the 10th consensus All-American in Patriot League history when he was named to the Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision squad on Wednesday.

Murray was previously selected as an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and earned first-team All-America honors from The Sports Network and Associated Press. The quartet makes up the major All-America honors from the FCS. It is the third straight season where the Patriot League has produced a consensus All-American, and Murray is the second player to earn consensus first-team honors in the last three seasons.

The All-America honors come in addition to other awards for the senior who was a first-team All-Patriot League selection and ECAC All-Star as both a punter and placekicker. Murray was named the 2012 Fred Mitchell Award winner as the top placekicker from the FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA or NJCAA. He was also honored as the FCS Placekicker of the Year by College Football Performance Awards after receiving the Punter of the Year honor from the organization last season. Murray is the first player in CFPA history to earn annual honors in consecutive seasons, as well as the first player to earn annual honors at both Placekicker and Punter.

Murray had the best year for a field goal kicker in Patriot League history, going 25-of-30 to shatter the single-season Patriot League record of 19 made field goals and come within just one of the FCS record. He had four field goals of 50 yards or longer, including a Patriot League record and FCS single-season high 55-yarder against Cincinnati on Oct. 13. No other FCS kicker hit more than twice from 50 yards and beyond. Murray was nearly as proficient as a punter, placing second in the nation with a 46.0 average.

Murray is the 10th Patriot Leaguer to earn consensus FCS All-America honors from the four major awarding organizations, and the eighth designated with consensus first-team recogntion. He is also one of 10 FCS players nationally to earn consensus first-team All-America honors in 2012.

He was one of five Patriot Leaguers to earn All-America honors this year. Georgetown senior linebacker Robert McCabe nearly pulled off consensus status as he was named by the AFCA and a first-team choice by both The Sports Network and Associated Press. Colgate junior quarterback Gavin McCarney was named to the second team by The Sports Network and third team by the AP, while Colgate senior running back Jordan McCord and senior offensive lineman Ryan Risch each made the third team from The Sports Network.

For the full Walter Camp FCS All-America Team, go here.

A list of consensus All-Americans in Patriot League history is included below.

Patriot League Consensus First-Team All-Americans
1987- Kenny Gamble, RB, Colgate; Jeff Wiley, QB, Holy Cross
1991 - Jerome Fuller, RB, Holy Cross
1993 - Dave Cecchini, WR, Lehigh
2000 - Andrew Hollingsworth, DL, Towson
2004 - Tad Kornegay, DB, Fordham
2010 - Nate Eachus, RB, Colgate
2012 - Patrick Murray, K, Fordham

Patriot League Consensus All-Americans
2008 - Nate Hennessey, Colgate (AFCA, Walter Camp, first-team Sports Network, second-team AP)
2011 - Andrew Schaetzke, Georgetown (AFCA, Walter Camp, first-team Sports Network, second-team AP)