Nelson, Murphy Honored by

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson and punt returner Deon Murphy have earned All-America distinction from Sports Illustrated as Nelson was named to the first team while Murphy earned honorable mention status as a punt return specialist, the magazine’s website has announced.


Nelson, who will leave Kansas State holding 11 different receiving records, has now earned first team All-America honors from eight different organizations or publications after his record-setting 2007 season.


A native of Riley, Kan., Nelson had one of the finest seasons in K-State history as he grabbed a school-record 122 receptions for a school-record 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 10.2 catches per game average, 133.8 yards per game average and 1,606 total receiving yards all rank second nationally, while he also ranks 20th nationally in all-purpose yardage (155.2 ypg). He also has set the Big 12 record for catches and yards in a season by a senior wide receiver.


The Biletnikoff Award finalist recorded eight 100-yard receiving games and two 200-yard performances this season and caught 10 or more passes in six games, all of which are school records. His 15-catch performances against Missouri State and Fresno State and his 214 yards receiving at Iowa State set single-game K-State records, while his three receiving touchdowns at Oklahoma State tied the school record.

A junior from Houston, Texas, and transfer from Coffeyville College, Murphy led the Big 12 and was second nationally in punt returns this season with his 17.5 average. The Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year also was second on the team in receiving with 57 catches and five touchdowns and is 12th in the Big 12 in receptions per game in league contests at 4.62. Murphy, an All-Big 12 selection, totaled eight touchdowns this season, five receiving, two rushing and one via a punt return for a score.


Jordy Nelson All-America Selections

AFCA First Team

AP First Team First Team

Walter Camp First Team

FWAA First Team

CBS Sports First Team

Phil Steele’s First Team First Team