Murphy Trying to go out on a High Note

It hasn't been an easy four years for Florida wide receiver Louis Murphy. Injuries early in his career set back his development, migraine headaches interrupted his junior season and then he lost his mother before the start of his senior year. But he's got a heck of a chance to go out with a bang.

Louis Murphy was delegated to mostly special teams duty when Florida played for the 2006 national championship. He recorded a tackle in the Gators' win, but he's looking to be a bit more productive in next month's title game against Oklahoma.

He played a huge role in getting the Gators to Miami in their win against Alabama on Saturday. Murphy caught a 33-yard pass to set up Florida's final touchdown, which gave the Gators an 11-point lead with less than five minutes to play.

"They decided to play man coverage and worked against man coverage all week," Murphy said. "I told coach, ‘I got my man all night'. I said to coach, ‘you may not be able to beat Nick Saban, but I'll beat my man all night.' He said go get this one, and I told him I'm going to get it."

Murphy did get it, but some credit also has to go to the guy that threw the ball to Murphy. Murphy said down the stretch, quarterback Tim Tebow was more intense than ever.

"Tim was so intense," Murphy said. "Tim kept telling me to suck it up. I rolled my ankle pretty bad, but I told him I wouldn't let him down. He's never let us down. I told him I had his back if anything happened."

On Saturday, Tebow will be part of a trio of Heisman Trophy finalists as he looks to become just the second player in history to win two times.

"It's not my decision," Murphy said. "If I had a vote, I'd vote for Tim Tebow. He's my quarterback and I love him to death. I'd do anything for him. The thing about him though is that he's such a great guy. It's not about the Heisman. He cares about everyone else, and that's what makes him so special."

Heading into the Alabama game, Florida's toughness was challenged. In they end, the Gators showed who was the tougher and more physical team. It's a credit to the offseason program that the Gators were put through.

"In the offseason, that's all we talked about," Murphy said. "It was about staying together as a team and being the toughest team. Last year ended on a sour note, but this year all the hard work has paid off."


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