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Syracuse’s Cole Murphy named Lou Groza Award ‘Star of the Week’

Cole, I’m sorry for ever doubting you or your new beard.

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Syracuse Orange kicker Cole Murphy was pretty damn impressive against the Miami Hurricanes last Saturday. He went four-for-four on the day, including a 53-yard bomb; and all on some pretty well grass.

Apparently, we weren’t the only ones to be impressed with the senior. The Lou Groza Award saw him as one of the country’s three best kickers for week eight. Murphy’s four field goals marked a career-high for him, and even better, three of those went for 40 yards or more. His 53-yarder with a little over five minutes left pulled the Orange within one versus the (then) No. 8 Hurricanes.

Flying under the radar in a season full of SU records, Murphy is now second on the all-time list for the program with 55 made field goals (just two back of John Biskup’s record). His 16 makes (on 18 tries) are second-best in the country -- one behind Utah’s Matt Gay.

Syracuse v North Carolina State Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images

Murphy is the 12th-most accurate kicker in the FBS right now, hitting 88.9 percent of his tries. His six makes from 40 yards or longer is among the best figures of any individual kicker.

Despite all of the flack we’ve given Murphy over the last couple seasons -- for some misses and especially the kicks out of bounds -- he’s managed to put in a pretty solid senior season overall. Ideally, Syracuse’s offense wouldn’t stall out enough to give him this many tries. But at least he’s hitting them.