As Fast as it Gets

On a Florida Gators' team that has a lot of speed, the speediest of them all is junior wide receiver Louis Murphy. Murphy's impressive sprint times scroll across the bottom of Urban Meyer's new website, and he's just another weapon on a Gator receiving corps loaded with speed and talent.

Louis Murphy was part of Urban Meyer's first recruiting class. The class as a whole has proved to be disappointing, but Murphy has a chance to change some of that attitude this season. His numbers may not jump off the page, but his contribution is still important.

"I think it could be a breakout season for me," Murphy said. "I did a lot of playing last year. I did a lot of blocking. I think I'll get more opportunities to get passes, though. I just want to help the team. Percy [Harvin] and Bubba [Caldwell] are going to do their thing. They're going to be open, but if they face a double team, I just hope that I can be open and be the extra playmaker."

Murphy is comfortable with his role. Harvin, Caldwell and Ingram get all the accolades, but it's Murphy with his solid 6-2, 202-pound frame that provides their down-field blocking on most plays. Murphy only has two career receptions as a Gator, but that production could increase and he's earned praise from Meyer so far this fall.

"He just tells me everyday that I'm doing good," Murphy said. "I'm just trying to come out everyday and work hard and help the receiving group."

Murphy thinks his game has made great strides since last season.

"I think I've improved on my route running and my explosiveness and my speed and catching the ball," he said.

On Tuesday, the Gators move from the village south fields to their regular practice facility, which is something that Murphy is looking forward to. Especially for a guy with lot of speed, he's happy to be leaving the thick and bumpy turf.

"When we go over to the other field we feel like we're home and that the season is here," Murphy said. "It's not real fast. It's pretty rough here. Over there the grass is cut a little shorter."

The first team offense is close to game ready, but still, Murphy knows there is always room for improvement.

"The offense can be real dangerous with all the weapons that we have and all the speed that we have," he said. "I think we have the potential to be one of the top offenses. But even if we come out and have a great day, we always feel like there is room for improvement. There is always something to improve on. We're just trying to get better everyday."

With the season opener just 10 days away, Murphy and the Gators can see the preseason winding down, but the finish line is still a long ways away.

"We have a long season in front of us," Murphy said. "Everyday we're just trying to keep going and improve on our skills."


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