Troy, NY --- WPI football seniors Brian Murtagh (Wayland, MA) and Dan Eckler (Stoughton, MA) were lauded by the Liberty League for their play this past weekend at Norwich. Murtagh was tabbed defensive performer of the week while Eckler was named the co-offensive performer of the week.
Murtagh, who was an honorable mention week one, led all student-athletes with 14 tackles, including nine solo and 3.5 for-loss. He also added an interception, two pass breakups and a hurry on the day. The co-captain is currently 18th in Division III with 13.3 tackles per game and 33rd with seven solo tackles per game.
Eckler, who earned the honor outright last week, threw for 342 yards on 13-of-18 passing, including touchdowns strikes to four different receivers, and ran for an additional score as WPI went on the road and defeated Norwich 40-17 in a non-conference football contest played on Saturday afternoon. The senior averaged 26.3 yards per completion and currently leads Division III with a 240.38 passing efficiency on the season. He is also leads the nation in yards per attempt (13.56), is fourth in yards per completion (18.6), fifth in completion percentage (72.9) and seventh in points responsible for (66).
Rochester junior Daniel Bronson (Lockport, NY) was the other offensive honoree as RPI junior Christian Kapp (Amawalk, NY) took home special teams performer of the week laurels and Hobart freshman Jedh Downey (Norwood, NJ) earned the rookie of the week nod.
Football opens Liberty League action Saturday at Springfield. Kickoff is slated for 1pm.