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Matt Murray Shines at D-III Senior Classic

Matt Murray Shines at D-III Senior Classic

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior kicker/punter Matt Murray enjoyed a standout performance at the D-III Senior Classic last weekend in South Carolina.

Murray showcased his skills for professional football scouts, including a pair of NFL teams, and won the D3 Collegiate Kicking Championship for kicking and punting held last Thursday.  In the championships, Murray averaged 48.0 yards per punt with a 4.07 hang time average and was the only punter to hit a coffin corner target.

In the D-III Senior Classic on Saturday, Murray was part of the South Team which won 24-6.  He booted two punts in the game for an average of 49.0 yards per kick.

Murray ranked in the NCAA Division III top five in punting this year with an average of 41.7 yards per kick for his second career first-team all-HCAC award.  He also made 9-11 from field goal range, highlighted by a 40-yard boot.  On the season, the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American made 39-42 extra points.  His career totals stand at 14-17 on field goals, 70-75 on extra points and a punting average of 39.6 yards per kick.

Rose-Hulman finished 8-2 under the leadership of head coach Jeff Sokol, who improved his career record to 48-23 in seven years at Rose-Hulman.  The Fightin' Engineers were 7-1 in league play to earn outright league runner-up honors.  Rose-Hulman opens the 2018 season at perennial power Mount Union on Sept. 1.