Sean Murphy was one of eight members of the WPI Football team to earn a spot on the 24th annual Steve “Merc” Morris All-Star Team as selected by the eight sports information directors of Worcester County.
The team is named in memory of Steve “Merc” Morris, the longtime Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations and Assumption Hall of Famer. Morris was a 1972 graduate of Assumption and was a member of the athletics staff for 39 years before he passed away in January of 2011.
The quartet of senior Nate Martel, junior Sean Murphy and sophomores Brian Murtagh and Brandon Eccher distinguished themselves by earning first team honors.
Also receiving recognition with second team accolades were seniors Zach Arnold, Jack Downey and juniors Vinny Tavernelli and Eric Lacroix.
Murphy picked up first team All-Worcester Area honors for a second straight season. The junior recorded team-highs with four interceptions and six pass breakups despite seeing a limited amount of balls thrown to his side of the field. Murphy returned interceptions for touchdowns against Curry and Union and also returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown against Worcester State. The pick-six at Curry was named a GEICO Best of College Football Play of the Year finalist and aired twice on CBS late last month.
WPI, who concluded the 2014 season with its first-ever victory over Springfield, will kick off the 2015 campaign at home Labor Day weekend against New England Football Conference champion, and NCAA Division III Football Championship second round participant, MIT.