PSAC Football Athletes of the Week – Week 11 (Nov. 13)

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PSAC Athletes of the Week – Nov. 13
(Week 11)

PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Marshall Vogel, Kutztown
QB, Sr., Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham
Vogel entered the PSAC championship game against Slippery Rock in the second quarter after starter Kevin Morton was knocked out with an injury and the backup responded by throwing for 300 yards and two touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner, on 25-of-39 passing (64.1 percent) to lead the Golden Bears to a 21-14 win over The Rock. Vogel hit Josh Mastromatto for a 16-yard TD pass late in the third quarter to tie the game 14-14 and then guided the Bears on the eventual game-winning drive that went 67 yards in two-and-a-half minutes, capped by a 14-yard TD pass to Erik Frazier. Vogel was named the championship game MVP after the Bears won their first PSAC championship in program history.

PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Mike Bergey, East Stroudsburg
LB, Sr., Souderton, Pa./Souderton
Bergey posted the single-game high in the PSAC for tackles this year by making 19 stops (13 solo) to help lead East Stroudsburg to a 27-26 win over Edinboro. Of his 19 tackles, 2.5 were for a loss, including a single sack. Bergey also forced two fumbles, including one at the goal line on a 3rd-and-1 play that stopped Edinboro from taking a two-possession lead and gave the Warriors the ball back with 1:53 left in the game. The Warriors would then drive 99 yards for the game-winning score, which came with no time left on the clock. Bergey recorded 34 tackles over his last two games to finish the year with 110 stops – an average of 10.0 per game – and he joins former high school and college teammate Matt Freed to give ESU a player with 100+ tackles for the fourth straight season.

PSAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Patrick Graham-Murphy, Clarion
RB, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear
In just his fourth career start at running back, Graham-Murphy set a school record for rushing yards in a game by rushing for 266 yards on 35 carries (7.6 ypc) in Clarion’s 34-20 win over Millersville. He also ran for five touchdowns to account for all of the Golden Eagles’ points on the day (excluding PATs). His 266 yards broke the old record of 257 set back in 2001 and his five rushing TDs tied a school mark set in 2002. Graham-Murphy scored on a runs of 79, 3, 16, 10 and 50 yards, with the final run sealing the win with 3:32 left in the game. In only four career starts at RB, Graham-Murphy has rushed for at least 100 yards in each game and finished the year with 702 yards and 10 TDs in just four games.

PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Johnny Franco, IUP
S, Sr., Tyrone, Pa./Tyrone
Franco helped lead IUP to a 34-7 win over West Chester in the season finale as he recorded seven tackles (six solo), including two tackles for loss. He also made an interception and returned it 19 yards, broke up two additional passes and made a fumble recovery. Behind Franco, who played in the box from his strong safety position, the Crimson Hawks gave up just 193 total yards, including just 34 rushing yards while also holding West Chester to just 11 completed passes out of 23 for 159 yards through the air.

Matt Beltz
Director of Media Relations
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
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