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Lehigh University's Jim Gum Award Goes to Ben Murphy ’20

Lehigh University's Jim Gum Award Goes to Ben Murphy ’20

By Keith Groller

Part of the tradition of Lehigh’s spring game is the presentation of the Jim Gum Award given to a player who impressed with their work ethic and commitment throughout the course of the spring practice period.

This year’s award went to Ben Murphy, a junior defensive lineman from the Haverford School in Delaware County.

“Murphy has done a great job and has improved each year,” Gilmore said. “He has had an excellent spring. You know within the program the connotation of that award is improvement and he has improved since Day 1. He made a lot of plays this spring and has really been productive. He gave our offensive line a lot of headaches throughout the spring.”

The Jim Gum scholarship is given in honor of Gum, a Pen Argyl and Lehigh football standout who died in May 2006 at age 43 after a battle with ALS.

“It feels awesome,” Murphy said. “I’ve done a lot of hard work with my teammates and it feels nice to be rewarded. It’s nice to get this in honor of someone who meant so much in the community. I thought I made some strides this spring. I got my weight up and started to move better with that weight so it’s all about putting it all together for the fall. I think we made a lot of strides as a team this spring.”

Time will tell whether those strides will result in more victories this fall.

The season opens up on Sept. 2 at Villanova with the league opener Sept. 10 at Georgetown. The home opener is set for Sept. 17 against Richmond.

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