GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman safety Marcus McMorris has been named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Paladins' 31-17 road victory over Elon on Saturday, the league has announced.
McMorris, a sophomore from Newberry, S.C., was credited with two tackles, including a sack for loss of 12 yards, and a second quarter fumble recovery that he returned 95 yards for a touchdown to give Furman a 21-7 lead. The fumble return was the longest in school history, topping the previous standard of 94 yards by Kevin Quinlan versus North Carolina in 1980.
McMorris' quarterback takedown was part of a seven-sack performance by Furman's defense, which notched its highest signal caller takedown tally since 2001, when the Paladin racked up nine sacks in a 34-17 playoff game victory over Lehigh.
McMorris has 29 tackles and two sacks on the season. He also has an interception, which he returned 52 yards for a touchdown in a 45-24 victory over Western Carolina.
Idle this coming Saturday, Furman will return to action at Appalachian State on Nov. 10.