Odds and Ends - Murphy Getting Recognition

While Percy Harvin is an All-SEC choice at wide receiver and one of the nation's most electrifying players, he wasn't the only Gator whose name came up recently as a hot prospect for the pros.

The Sporting News and War Room Scouting listed Harvin this week as the second best receiver prospect for the 2009 NFL Draft, behind only Missouri's Jeremy Maclin. In the 10th spot was Florida's Louis Murphy, who TSN described as "Tall and fast, but he must prove himself in '08". No other SEC receivers made the list of ten, so it appears the NFL is quite impressed with what it sees from Florida's guys at the position.


Recently collegefootballnews.com , another of the sites on the Scout.com network, issued its prediction for the entire SEC schedule. They have Florida at 10-2, and most importantly they give the Gators the win over Georgia which would secure their trip to Atlanta as division champs.

So who are Florida's two losses supposed to be against? Would you believe Tennessee and Arkansas? At least one could argue the Volunteers might pull the surprise if their new offense is clicking, but that Arkansas pick is bizarre. The Razorbacks are learning a completely new offensive system, have no receivers established and a questionable quarterback situation. Their recruiting hasn't blown anyone away the last few years. Admittedly anything can happen in college football - USC lost to Stanford last year, and any CFN staffer picking that would have been drug tested immediately. Still, I'll take my chances with the Gators against America's Other White Meat.


While Florida's suffered some significant damage to their roster on the practice field, their opening opponent may have lost their starting quarterback in the classroom. Tyler Graunke has been unable to participate in the Warriors workouts to this point as a result of not completing work in a class he took over the summer. Graunke has told the Hawaii press he has been given a chance to make up the missed assignments, which could make him eligible sometime next week. Coach Greg McMackin has indicated the Warriors will not wait much longer to commit to a starter, which right now makes junior Inoke Funaki a strong candidate to get his first career start in the game in Gainesville. Funaki is a mobile quarterback who has thrown just four college passes against Division 1-A opponents.


Former Florida safety/linebacker Jerimy Finch transferred to Indiana earlier this year, meaning he should be able to play for the Hoosiers beginning in 2009. They're hoping to speed that process up, filing an appeal with the NCAA Committee on Administrative Review to get a waiver allowing Finch to play this season. According to the Indianapolis Star "undisclosed family matters that factored into Finch's decision to leave Florida" are the basis for the request.

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