Murphy earns Academic All-America Honors

Mark Murphy was named a first team Academic All-American Thursday for the second year in a row. Read on for all the details.

Mark Murphy is a first team Academic All-American for the second year in a row.

The Indiana senior safety earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I football first team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) it was announced on Thursday.

According to a release by IU media relations, Murphy is the third Hoosier to collect the honor twice - Will Meyers (2005-06) and John Hammerstein (1994-95). Nine Hoosiers (12 times) have earned the award and Murphy is the third in as many seasons - defensive tackle Adam Replogle (2012).

One of 17 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athletes and a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, Murphy owns a 3.85 grade point average in the School of Informatics. He was one of 30 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award and was a candidate for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® and the Wuerffel Trophy.

Murphy finished his career with 279 tackles, 174 solo, seven for loss, four interceptions, two INT touchdown returns, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and nine pass breakups.

In 11 starts this year, he made 49 tackles, 2.5 for loss, with two interceptions, including one score. A four-time game captain, Murphy was named IU's Defensive Player of the Week following the team's win over No. 18 Missouri and against Penn State.

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