Missouri running back Marcus Murphy certainly made the most of his first game action in nearly two years Saturday, becoming the first player in school history to return two punts for touchdowns in the same game.
Now Murphy, whose star turn came during the second half of Missouri's 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana, has the hardware to prove it, as he was named SEC special teams player of the week on Monday.
Murphy's 180 punt return return yards broke the school record of 156, set by MU Hall of Famer Roger Wehrli in 1967. Murphy's 72-yard return on Saturday was the longest by a Tiger since Jeremy Maclin broke off a 75-yarder against Northwestern in the 2008 Alamo Bowl. It also marks the first time since 2007 a Tiger has returned multiple punt returns for a touchdown in the same season.
Murphy, a sophomore, missed all of last season with a shoulder injury.To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.