Murphy leads nation in punt return TDS

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Sophomore scatback Marcus Murphy has established himself as one of the most dangerous punt returners in the nation, and it’s been a welcome sign for the DeSoto, Texas native, after he missed the entire 2011 season due to a shoulder injury. On Monday, Murphy was named the SEC co-special teams player of the week.

Murphy broke off a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter of Mizzou’s 21-16 win at Central Florida on Saturday. It was a huge momentum play which turned a 10-7 Tiger deficit into a 14-10 Mizzou lead with 7:04 left in the 3rd quarter.

It marked the 3rd punt return for a TD on the year by Murphy, giving him sole possession of the MU single- season punt return TD record (he had punt return TDs of 72 and 70 yards earlier vs. SELA). He is now also tied for the MU career punt return TD record of 3, shared with former All-American All-Purpose player Jeremy Maclin.

Murphy ended the UCF game with 3 punt returns for 70 yards and the score, plus he returned one kickoff 33 yards. He currently ranks 1st in the SEC and is 7th in the NCAA with his punt return average of 20.07 yards, and his 3 punt return TDs is most in the nation.

The only other player nationally to have more than one punt return score through games of Sept. 29th is Rashad Greene of Florida State, who has 2.