Big Day for Big Receivers

Two of the Gators' biggest receivers had their biggest days wearing the Orange and Blue. Cornelius Ingram hauled in six catches for a career high 105 yards, while Louis Murphy more than doubled his career numbers with six receptions for 78 yards.

With Cornelius Ingram at 6-4 and Louis Murphy at 6-2, Tim Tebow has two big targets to hit across the middle, and that's exactly what he did against Troy. After watching what the Gator offense did to Western Kentucky's secondary last week, the Trojans protected against the long ball.

"We have a lot of weapons," Murphy said. "With the zone they were running, they were just dropping out of the middle, which made it easy for me across the middle."

For Ingram, it's been just a matter of gaining experience to the point where he is very comfortable on the field.

"Once I really focused in, everything really slowed down and became a little easier," Ingram said.

As for Murphy, he earned his starting role after a great spring camp and has found himself in the first rotation of receivers ever since. He's happy to finally see all of his hard work pay off.

"It's been a long time coming, and I'm just here to help the team win," Murphy said. "I hope I can just carry it over to next week."

Murphy thinks the Gators can carry their offensive momentum into next week's SEC opener against Tennessee.

"We can keep this up," Murphy said. "This offense is very explosive. We still have a lot of tricks and a lot of plays that we haven't called. If you continue to watch us you'll see more."

But both Murphy and Ingram know the Gators have a lot to work on. Their offensive struggles in the third quarter were a testament to that.

"The first half was almost perfect for us and it's hard to do anything almost perfect," Ingram said. "We struggled a bit in the third quarter, but we picked it up again in the fourth quarter. Percy made some big plays for us and was able to cap that drive off for us."

"It's good that we had a challenge to show that we're not as good as we were in the first half," Murphy said. "We still have a lot of things to work on and we just have to get after it again in practice."

Ingram said that despite a near perfect first half, there were still some errors on offense. The Gators were flagged twice in the first possession of the game.

"We had far too many penalties throughout the game, but we'll work on that in practice," Ingram said. "We have to execute our plays better, but we have quite a bit of talent so it will come together."

"I think we took it easy [in the second half]," Murphy said. "I don't think we came out like we did in the first half and played aggressive. I think we took the foot off the gas pedal a little bit."

After Andre Caldwell and Riley Cooper had big weeks last week, the Gators have a lot of talented players to keep happy on offense, but that's not the way they look at it.

"It could be frustrating, but we all work together and we have good chemistry," Murphy said. "We're just trying to make plays whenever our number gets called."

The Gators are sure to face more talented defenses over the next several weeks as SEC play gets into full swing. With that in mind, UF's offense will need to use a variety of plays to move the chains, which puts another burden on the Gator receiving corps. Murphy is one of the Gators' best perimeter blockers, but it's something that Ingram needs to work on.

"I have to continue to get better at blocking," Ingram said. "Whenever you can get your hand on a guy, you have to keep them on him because anytime Percy Harvin gets the ball he could go 70 yards. I don't want to be the reason why Percy doesn't go 70 yards because I missed a block."

"If he can be a little more physical he can be playing on Sundays," Meyer said. "He's very talented with great hands and great size. He's always a high character guy, and he's the face of Florida football. He's got a great future. That's what Florida is all about, a very unselfish player."

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