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Missouri's Marcus Murphy Wins SEC Award

It took just one week in the SEC for the Missouri Tigers to earn some recognition as Marcus Murphy was named the conference's special teams player of the week on Monday.


In the second half of a 62-10 victory over Southeastern Louisiana, Murphy returned punts from 70 and 72 yards for touchdowns, the first Missouri player to ever score twice as a returner in a game. He also broke the record for punt return yards in the game with 180 on five returns on Saturday, surpassing the 156-yard mark set by Roger Wehrli, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Murphy, a redshirt sophomore running back, missed the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury and was given a medical redshirt. In the spring he was named the team's most improved tailback. He received five rushing carries on Saturday, recording 32 yards.


While Murphy returned five punts on Saturday, Missouri did not have to punt once during the rout.