TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Matt Murray earned Academic All-American honors, in results released Nov. 28 by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Murray earned a spot on the CoSIDA / NCAA Division III Academic All-America second team as a punter after an outstanding season on the field and in the classroom.
Murray was named HCAC Special Teams Player of the Year on the field and is a chemical engineering and mathematics double major with a 3.85 grade point average in the classroom. This season, he averaged 38.1 yards per punt on 53 kicks, highlighted by 15 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line and nine punts resulting in fair catches.
Also an accomplished field goal kicker and kickoff specialist, Murray booted 15 touchbacks this season. He finished 5-6 on field goals with a long of 38 yards and was 28-30 on extra points.
Rose-Hulman student-athletes have now combined for 124 Academic All-American awards, including 31 consecutive years with at least one Academic All-American. The 31-year streak ranks sixth among all NCAA institutions and first in NCAA Division III.
The football program alone has earned 24 total Academic All-American accolades since 2002, including 13 Academic All-American awards in the last six years under current head coach Jeff Sokol.
Rose-Hulman qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time in school history this fall. The Fightin' Engineers finished 8-2 and shared the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship with Franklin College. Rose-Hulman knocked off the Grizzlies 23-22 to earn the tiebreaker for this year's NCAA Division III Round of 32, which the Fightin' Engineers competed in at North Central on Nov. 19.