OXFORD, Ohio -- Zac Murphy, a senior punter on the Miami University football team, was named second-team All-America by SB Nation and earned All-America honorable mention by SI.com.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, native finished third in the country with a punting average of 46.6 yards per kick, and ended the season with 25 punts of over 50 yards and downed another 18 kicks inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Murphy, who also earned first-team All-MAC honors, opened the season with four punts of over 50 yards at Marshall and the following week at Kentucky he added another four punts that traveled over the 50-yard mark, but his most impressive game came versus Cincinnati.
In the “Battle for the Bell” the senior averaged 52.4 yards per punt, which included an 84-yard blast, the longest punt in Yager Stadium history and the fourth-longest punt in Mid-American Conference history. Murphy would go on to win MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.
A few weeks later, versus Miami’s conference rival, Ohio, Murphy would once again show off his powerful leg, blasting a 73-yard punt versus the Bobcats. He would finish the contest with four punts of over 50 yards and averaged 52.7 yards per punt in the late October game.
Murphy finished the season with a school record 3,682 punting yards on 79 attempts (school record is 80). He also established a Miami record for most punting yards in a single contest with 524 at Kentucky and his 46.6 punting average in 2013 ranks first all-time in Miami history.
For his career, he established new Miami records in punt attempts (251) and yards (10,485) and his 41.6 career punting average ranks third all-time for the RedHawks.