Kyle Linville, Anna Murdock Named to HCAC's All-Decade Team

Kyle Linville (left) and Anna Murdock (right)
Kyle Linville (left) and Anna Murdock (right)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former Grizzly standouts Kyle Linville '14 and Anna Murdock '15 were named as Franklin College's representatives on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) All-Decade Team, which was announced recently by the league.

The team was announced by the conference as part of its 20th anniversary celebration, recognizing student-athletes that competed in the HCAC between 2008-09 and 2018-19.

Linville was a four-year starter at wide receiver for the Franklin football team and closed out his career as the most decorated player at that position in school history. He closed out his playing career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (308), receiving yards (4,691) and touchdowns (58).

Additionally, he set new single season program records with 108 catches in 2013 and his 1,426 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior in 2012 remain school records to this day.

He was a four-time HCAC First Team All-Conference selection a 2013 All-American selection by D3Football.com, a Second Team CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in 2013 and was named the recipient of the Wil B. Nelp Award in 2014 as Franklin's top senior male student-athlete.

Kyle helped the Franklin football program become the first team to earn four straight HCAC championships and NCAA playoff appearances. After graduation, he took his talents overseas and played professionally with the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns in the German Football League.

Murdock became the first individual national champion in Franklin's history when she capped her career with a win in the 800-meter run at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. It was the first of two All-American honors for Murdock that year, as she collected an eighth-place in the 800 at the 2015 Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, becoming just the third women's track athlete in school history to earn All-American status.

A five-time HCAC Athlete of the Year in both track and cross country, Murdock was a three-time national championship qualifier and holds 13 track school records to this day. Also a standout in the classroom, Anna was named an Academic All-American by the USTFCCCA in each of her final three years and was a semifinalist for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.