Marcus Murphy (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Marcus Murphy picked up first team SEC honors

Shane Ray was named 1st-Team All-SEC, matching the same honors he won yesterday from the Associated Press.  The junior set a school record with 14.0 quarterback sacks, and he also totaled 21.0 tackles for loss, while ranking fifth on the team with his 61 tackles on the year.  Ray leads the SEC and ranks 3rd nationally in sacks, while he ranks 2nd in the league, and 6th nationally in tackles for loss.

Joining Ray on the coaches’ first team is senior all-purpose man Marcus Murphy, who was honored twice as a first-teamer – on offense as an all-purpose back, and on special teams as a return specialist.  Murphy emerged as one of the nation’s most versatile players and dangerous return men, as he ranks second in the SEC in all-purpose average (131.9 yds.).  He is the only player in the nation to score TDs in 2014 via all four all-purpose categories: Rushing (4), Kickoff Returns (2), Punt Returns (1) and Receiving (1), and improved from 2nd-Team All-SEC acclaim in 2013.

Four Tiger standouts – representing all four team captains in 2014 – were named second-team All-SEC by league coaches, including senior DE Markus Golden, senior OL Mitch Morse, senior WR Bud Sasser and senior SS Braylon Webb.