Thug Murray

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Roger Murray
Biographical details
Born(1898-05-08)May 8, 1898
Jackson, Tennessee
Died August 1979 (1979-09) (aged 81)
Jackson, Tennessee
Alma mater U. S. Naval Academy
Sewanee:The University of the South
Cumberland
Playing career
Football
1919–1920 Naval Academy
1921–1922 Sewanee
1923 Cumberland
Position(s) Tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1923 Cumberland
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Walter Camp All-America Honorable Mention (1920)
Billy Evans's Southern Honor Roll (1922)
Cumberland Athletics Hall of Fame
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
Sewanee All-Time Football Team

Roger Goodman "Thug" Murray (May 8, 1898 – August, 1979) was an American football player and coach.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

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Murray played on Navy teams which beat Army twice. The New York Times wrote of Murray's play in the 1920 game, praising Murray for opening holes through which "a wagon could be driven." [1] He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. [2] [3]

Navy Midshipmen football

The Navy Midshipmen football team represents the United States Naval Academy in NCAA Division I FBS college football. The Naval Academy completed its final season as an FBS independent school in 2014, and became a single-sport member of the American Athletic Conference beginning in the 2015 season. The team has been coached by Ken Niumatalolo since December 2007. Navy has 19 players and three coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame and won the college football national championship in 1926 according to the Boand and Houlgate poll systems. The 1910 team also was undefeated and unscored upon. The mascot is Bill the Goat.

Army Black Knights football

The Army Black Knights football team, previously known as the Army Cadets, represents the United States Military Academy in college football. Army is currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) member of the NCAA. The Black Knights currently play home games in Michie Stadium with a capacity of 38,000 at West Point, New York. The Black Knights are coached by Jeff Monken who is in his sixth season as head coach. Army is a three-time national champion, winning the title from 1944-1946.

<i>The New York Times</i> Daily broadsheet newspaper based in New York City

The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won 125 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper. The Times is ranked 17th in the world by circulation and 2nd in the U.S.

Sewanee

After a short stint with the Merchant Marines, Murray played for the Sewanee Tigers in 1921 and 1922. He wore number 10. Billy Evans selected him All-Southern in 1922, placing him on his "Southern Honor Roll." [4] Walter Camp gave Murray honorable mention on his All-America team. [5] Murray was placed on Sewanee's "All-Time" football team. [6]

Sewanee Tigers football

The Sewanee Tigers football team represents Sewanee: The University of the South in the sport of American football. The Tigers compete in NCAA Division III as members of the Southern Athletic Association.

Billy Evans Baseball umpire and executive

William George Evans, nicknamed "The Boy Umpire", was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1906 to 1927. He became, at age 22, the youngest umpire in major league history, and later became the youngest to officiate in the World Series at age 25.

The College Football All-Southern Team was an all-star team of college football players from the Southern United States. The honor was given annually to the best players at their respective positions. It is analogous to the All-America Team and was most often selected in newspapers. Notable pickers of All-Southern teams include John Heisman, Dan McGugin, Grantland Rice, W. A. Lambeth, Reynolds Tichenor, Nash Buckingham, Innis Brown, and Dick Jemison.

Cumberland

He then went on to Cumberland to finish his law degree, as well as perform the function of football player, head football coach, and athletics director. Murray was posthumously inducted into the Cumberland Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, [7] and into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. [1] He was the first posthumous inductee of the latter. [8]

Cumberland University university

Cumberland University is a private university in Lebanon, Tennessee. It was founded in 1842, though the current campus buildings were constructed between 1892 and 1896.

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References

  1. 1 2 "Murray Sr., Roger G".
  2. "1918". General catalogue of Sigma Alpha Epsilon: 540.
  3. "S. A. E. Reunion" (PDF). Sewanee Alumni News. p. 5.
  4. "Evans' All-Southern Honor Roll". Miami District Daily News. December 10, 1922.
  5. "Camp's All America Stars Show Why They Are Winners; Have Brains, Power, Spirit". Harrisburg Telegraph. December 26, 1922. p. 15. Retrieved March 8, 2015 via Newspapers.com. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  6. "Sewanee's All-Time Football Team". Sewanee Alumni News. February 1949.
  7. "Hall of Fame".
  8. Latham Davis (March 1983). "Past Glories Recalled For Hall of Fame". Sewanee News.