ROCK HILL — Newberry quarterback W.T. Murden has been named the South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Murden, a junior from West Columbia, led the Wolves to 582 yards of offense in a 44-9 Homecoming victory over Tusculum. The win moved Newberry to 6-0 to start the season for just the second time in school history.
Murden had his career long rushing and passing plays in the first half of the win. He had a 46-yard touchdown carry on the fourth play of the game and completed a 69-yard touchdown pass to Corey Washington in the second quarter.
For the game, he had 12 carries for 87 yards and the touchdown and completed 9-of-14 passes for 116 yards with two touchdown passes to Washington. He has a 7-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio in conference play, which is far and away the best ratio in the league.
For the season, this is Newberry’s fifth SAC player of the week selection, with Edmond Robinson earning defensive honors in week one and Kyle Clark earning special teams honors in weeks three, four and five.
Murden ranks fifth in the league with an average of 172.2 passing yards per game and also rushes for 36 yards per game. He is responsible for 11 touchdowns with eight passing and three rushing. He needs only 33 yards passing to reach 4,000 passing yards in his career. He currently ranks fourth in school history in passing yardage, completing 331-of-536 passes for 3,967 yards with 32 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Brevard defensive back Jacob McCleery and Lenoir-Rhyne punt returner Michael Green were the other SAC honorees this week.